I'm a professional violinist and teach the Alexander Technique privately. I have been certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique since 2003. I live and teach in Andersonville, a north-side neighborhood in Chicago.
I have maintained a private Alexander Technique teaching practice in Chicago since 2004. I have presented Alexander Technique workshops at Monmouth College, Wheaton College, the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richmond University, Florida State, and the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan, among others, and ran the Alexander Technique program at the Music in the Mountains Festival Conservatory, a training program for high school and college-age classical musicians, in 2014 and 2015.
I began studying the Alexander Technique in 1999 with the violist and Alexander teacher, Carol McCullough. Carol's dissertation examined the links between the Alexander Technique and Paul Rolland's Teaching of Action in String Playing. From 2000 to 2004, I trained as an Alexander teacher with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana. Joan and Alex Murray are known for developing the Dart Procedures, an innovative process that explores developmental movement as it relates to the Alexander Technique. In 2013-2014, I was assistant faculty at the Alexander Teacher Training in Chicago (ATTiC).
As a violinist, I have performed in a duo with Grammy-award winning and founding eighth blackbird violinist Matt Albert, including an appearance at the 2009 Ojai Music Festival. I have performed with the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, Matt Ulery, ensemble dal niente, Spektral Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Contempo, eighth blackbird, and the International Chamber Artists. And I have appeared as a back-up musician with Susan Boyle on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and in concert with Marco Antonio Solis, Jay-Z and Mary J Blige.
My theater credits include principal violin in Newsies for Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theater (2014) and Cadillac Palace (2016), the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s productions of Sense and Sensibility (2015), Gypsy (2014), Sunday in the Park with George (2012), and Follies (2011), and Victory Gardens Theater’s Signs of Life (2013). I was principal violin in Writer’s Theatre’s Jeff-nominated 2012 production of A Little Night Music, winning praise along with his fellow musicians from Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal for ”sail[ing] through Mr. Sondheim’s score as though it were easy, which it isn’t—not by the longest of shots.”
I received a Masters of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying violin performance with Sherban Lupu. I spent two years studying privately with Jorja Fleezanis, former Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. I earned my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (history, highest honors) from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where I studied with Gregory Fulkerson. The first teacher to mention the Alexander Technique to me was my wonderful high school violin teacher, Lee Snyder, at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA.