Music has afforded me the opportunity to travel across Canada, and around the world. I am a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia), an alumni of the Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland), Salt Spring Island Chamber Music Festival (British Columbia), Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (British Columbia), Quartet Fest (Ontario), and Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute (Ontario). In 2013, I also took part in the first ever Canada-India Youth Orchestra Exchange, and traveled to Bangalore, India, as a mentor for the members of the Indian Youth Orchestra.
I received my Bachelor of Music in Violin from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, ON. I then moved to St. John’s, NL, to complete a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy, and later a Bachelor of Music Education, both from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). I live in St. John’s, NL, with my husband, Michael (also a musician) where I enjoy substitute teaching in the local schools, and private teaching from home.
I enjoy collaborating with various musicians on many different projects throughout the year. In addition to freelance work, I am entering my tenth season as section violist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and play in a folk fiddle duo The Sizzle Sisters.
I am committed to nurturing a life-long appreciation of music. Having grown up in rural Ontario, with limited access to music lessons, and musical performances, my goal was to further my own musical ability and knowledge, so that I might one day return to my home town and provide a creative and expressive outlet for the youth of the community. However, education lead me to Newfoundland. Three degrees later, countless inspiring mentors, and an entirely different province, I am still chasing my dream of inspiring students, and audiences, through my actions, words, and deep love and appreciation of music.
Past teaching positions have included:
- Chamber Music Coach for Memorial University’s Chamber Music for Youth Program
- Conductor of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra Junior Strings
- Violin & Musicianship Teacher for the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) of St. John’s
- Music and French Teacher with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) & Conseil scolaire francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP)