I first became interested in teaching while earning a Bachelor in Music Performance at Indiana University. As an undergraduate I studied both viola and String Pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. During that time I had the chance to observe Mimi work with many young and talented violinists including Joshua Bell. As part of the String Pedagogy program I learned to work with beginning students up through high school level under Mimi's guidance. For my graduate work I continued my performance and teaching studies as an assistant instructor with Jerry Horner at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

These experiences helped give me a comprehensive understanding of the development of a student from beginner to professional. I've been teaching students of all levels ever since.

In 1985 I joined the Columbus Symphony as a violist. More than two decades of orchestral, chamber music and solo concerts have given me an appreciation of the large body of literature available to help inspire young artists in training.