Music Resume


Doctor of Musical Arts, Viola Performance, August 2016
Dissertation: The Multifaceted Artistry of the Violist Emanuel Vardi, Cognate: Music Archives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Library and Information Science, May 2015
Certificate in Archives and Special Collections
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign

Master of Music (Magna Cum Laude), Viola Performance, May 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Music (Magna Cum Laude), Violin Performance, May 2009
Central Washington University

Study Abroad, August 2007 -May 2008
 Akademia Muzyczna, Krakow, Poland 


Masumi Rostad, Roland Vamos, Kathryn Lockwood, Marylou Speaker Churchill, Kevin Lawrence, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Carol Sindell, Angela Svendsen


Violin/Viola Private Instructor, 2005 – Present

  • Beginning to advanced students of all ages and abilities in East Lansing, MI.  Students placed 1st and 2nd in Beginning Division of Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Competition (2012, 2013, 2014), consistently good placements at District and State ILMEA Orchestra and Solo and Ensemble contests.  Teaching style influenced by Suzuki and Rolland methods, pedagogy of Ivan Galamian and Karen Tuttle, and Alexander Technique, with the goal of helping students achieve their musical aspirations with a pain-free technique and foundational knowledge of music theory and history.

Interim Principal Violist and Section Coach, Fall 2013
Eastern Illinois University

  • Principal violist of the Eastern Illinois University Symphony Orchestra, coached and mentored undergraduate and pre-college viola students.

Viola Teaching Assistant, September 2009 – May 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Taught non-major applied viola lessons, performed with New Music Ensemble, held leadership positions with the University Symphony Orchestra


Substitute Section Violist, September 2015 – Present
Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Midland Symphony, West Michigan Symphony

Principal Violist, June 2013June 2015
Danville Symphony, Urbana Pops Orchestra

Section Violist, September 2009 – June 2015
Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Decatur Symphony, Prairie Ensemble, Heartland Festival Orchestra

Solo Violist, September 2009 – May 2011
UIUC New Music Ensemble and Concerto Urbano Baroque Orchestra

Section 1st Violinist, Tenure-Track, September 2006 – May 2009
Yakima (WA) Symphony


Assistant Instructor: Music Appreciation, January 2012 – December 2013
Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, University of Illinois

  • Team-taught continuing education courses on music appreciation with Peter Michalove on Beethoven String Quartets, Bartok String Quartets, and Art of Variation

Masterclass Clinician, October 2013 and October 2012

  • Presented masterclasses for Urbana School District middle and high school students for IMEA preparation

New Music Performances

  • Premiered solo and chamber music pieces by Peter Michalove (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Elaine Fine (2014), Scott Rubin (2011), and Canadian composers at the Montreal Contemporary Music Workshop (2012)

Lecture Recitals, 2009

  • Performances at the Muzeum Historycznego Miasta Krakowa in Krakow, Poland and Washington State: Polish and American violin music

Sectional Coach

  • East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra (2011-Present), Central Washington University Preparatory Program (2007)


Baroque Violist: Urbana Bach Cantatas Project and Armide, Summer 2014

  • Performed on authentic baroque viola for Le Chateaux de la Voix production of Armide and a series of free concerts at the Urbana First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Christopher Holman .

Featured Viola Soloist: Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, July 2014

  • Performed Daniel Hall’s “Reflections from Yad Vashem” and Abbie Betinis’ “Songs of Hafez” for the GRWC performance in the Sister Singers Network Festival.

30th Anniversary of the Computer Music Project, March 2014
University of Illinois School of Music

  • Invited by UIUC composition faculty to perform Hiller and Isaacson’s “Illiac Suite” for concert of historically significant computer music compositions from the University of Illinois. Pending project to record piece for Centaur Records.

Memorial Composition Recital of the Music of Peter Michalove, February 2014
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

  • Organized, contracted performers, prepared publicity materials, publicly spoke at event and on WILL-FM “Live and Local” radio show, performed and premiered several compositions by Peter Michalove and Elaine Fine.

Contemporary Triptych Music Concert, July 2010
Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Urbana Arts Grant-funded concert of compositions by University of Illinois composition faculty and students with pianist Casey Dierlam

Lecture Recitals:
Polish Violin Music and Presentation of Year Abroad, May 2008
Central Washington University

  • Multimedia lecture-recital delivered in both Polish and English featuring projected photographs, video clips, and violin music by Polish composers

American Violin Music, May 2007
Muzeum Historycznego Miasta Krakowa (Historical Museum of the City of Krakow), Poland

  • Multimedia lecture-recital delivered in Polish featuring projected photographs and violin music by American composers


Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Summer 2012
Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, Summer 2011
Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, Summer 2011, 2010
The Castleman Quartet Program, Summer 2009
Lancut International Music Festival, Poland, Summer 2008
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Summer 2006, 2005
Musicorda Music Festival, Summer 2004
Interlochen Arts Camp, Summer 2003, 2002


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