Cellist, Vocalist, Teacher
I am classically trained (San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Bonnie Hampton) and also enjoy playing many genres including Balkan, Klezmer, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Pop. I love to sing. I love to sing and play the cello simultaneously. For the last 10 years I played, sang, co-managed and promoted Real Vocal String Quartet. This world music string & vocal ensemble pushes the string quartet boundaries. With RVSQ I performed at Stern Grove Festival opening for Kronos Quartet, toured overseas through the US State Department program, American Music Abroad, and was featured with a cover photo and article in Strings Magazine. We also recorded with Feist for her 2011 album, Metals, playing with her on the Tonight Show at the Coachella Music Festival.
I also enjoy working in theater and dance, composing original scores and performing in new and classic works. I have performed in Death of a Salesman and The Bright River (A Traveling Jewish Theatre, San Francisco), A Little Night Music, The Last Five Years (A.C.T. San Francisco); The Orphan of Zhao (A.C.T. San Francisco & La Jolla Playhouse); An Audience with Meow Meow, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, and Figaro (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Post Street Theatre, SF).
I have also performed or recorded with musicians I admire including David J, Bauhaus, Feist, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Journey, Ty Seagull, Sic Alps, Mikal Cronin, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Vienna Teng, Beats Antique, Beth Custer, and Amy X Nueburg. I recorded on Grammy nominated album, Blueprint of a Lady, for jazz vocalist, Neena Freelon.
No shows booked at the moment.
My teaching experience is rich and varied, and I work with students from diverse backgrounds and with a range of music levels, ages and instruments. I have 20 years of both professional and instructional experience in the classroom, with private students, as chamber music coach, orchestra conductor and in educational outreach workshops. Since 2006 I have been an instructor of music at the College of Marin. I have also conducted middle school orchestra in the San Francisco Unified School District, and taught voice and improvisation classes at private high schools in the Bay Area.
As a founding member of Real Vocal String Quartet, I led string improvisation workshops at University of Delaware, Cal Poly Pomona, Eastern Illinois University, Colorado Mountain Colleges, and at American String Teachers Association Conferences. I also have experience in musical outreach programming as part of a mixed ensemble that performed in San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music.
Read my article in Strings about teaching: “BACK TO SCHOOL – Learning to teach well required more than just my performance experience.”