She is a
violist born in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, who too her studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.
When she was young
she was a member of The Augustana Orchestra and
the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra.
professional career in music she joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as
Principal Viola in 1989. Since then
she has featured in many performances with them including Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae, the Viola Concerto by John Harbison, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, Octet
and Scottish Symphony and Mozart’s Sinfonia
She has also
performed and recorded as a chamber musician with the Rosalyra
String Quartet and the Brandenburg Ensemble and played at several national
and international music festivals.
Taking part in
competition she has won a prize at the Hudson Valley Competition and been a
finalist at the Naumberg International Viola
Competition. In 2000 she was
the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship.
In 2010 she
was a guest artist at the William Primrose Memorial Concert at the Madsen
Recital Hall in Utah and in 2011 she went back to South Dakota and performed with the Augustana College & Community Orchestra in Sioux Falls.
Also in 2001 she was a consultant on the stage production of the
play “Opus” by Michael Hollinger.
No stranger to
the recording studio she can be heard playing on albums such as Time and Chance by Color Me Badd, Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice, Daniel Godfrey: Wringed Moon by
Members of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The
Mando Chronicles and When the Last Morning Glory Blooms by Peter Ostroushko
and Copland: Appalachian Spring and Kodaly/Bartok by The Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra and recordings of Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich with the Rosalyra
In the field
of musical education she is a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival
and School and Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.