I love being around people, even when I was a kid - maybe because I grew up in such a large, energetic family. I try to carry that sense of community with me into my work as a musician. You’ll usually find me collaborating with colleagues on projects highlighting a meaningful focus, like feminism or mental health.
Staying curious is important to me, so I will try anything (at least!) once. In fact, some of my most memorable performances involve creating sounds on beer bottles, knitting needles, and harmonica. My new solo commissioning project, Making Waves, has been especially fun for me since I have the privilege of working so closely with composers through the creative process.
In 2017, I co-founded a contemporary sextet, Balance Campaign. Together, we advocate for equal representation in music through our commissions and premieres. We recently recorded and released our first commission, ANIMAL by Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis, which addresses issues on climate change and humanity’s innate tendency toward self-destruction. Upcoming commissions and premieres include works by Jeffrey Mumford and Alexandra T Bryant.
I also enjoy giving back to the music community by doing things like event planning and grant writing for local music organizations. And my career wouldn’t be the same without teaching. Taking inspiration from my former mentors, I teach to help my students find a sense of belonging in music. I am lucky to have a studio filled with intelligent, hard-working flutists who are constantly setting the bar higher for themselves.
When not playing music, I tend to my garden and plants. My thumb is getting greener thanks to my mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers. My husband is also a musician, but most of our time together is spent playing board games. In fact, our collection is filled with hundreds of them! We are animal lovers, too, and we cared for a sweet dog and two beautiful cats during the first decade of our lives together.