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Biography (Cont'd)

During my time in Charleston, I learned of the Spoleto Festival, an opera, ballet, and chamber music festival founded by composer, Gian Carlo Menotti. At that time the Festival then moved to Spoleto, Italy for a month. I auditioned for the festival and was fortunate to participate for 3 summers. During one of those summers, I met a harpist from New York, Deborah Hoffman. She encouraged me to attend a Master Class with her teacher, Susann McDonald, which I did in 1986. I was so inspired by her teaching that I decided to leave Charleston and attend graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington. From there I went to Chicago where I freelanced for 3 years. I held a job playing at the Knickerbocker Hotel and played in several area orchestras during that time. I had the inviting opportunity to play 2nd harp in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach in November of my first year there. I also commuted to Springfield, Illinois to play in the symphony and chamber orchestra there. The chamber orchestra toured to Carnegie Hall in 1993 with a premiere of a piece by Gunther Schuller, commissioned for the orchestra and performed with soloists, Leon Fleischer and Lorin Hollander, which featured the harp prominently. While in Springfield, I often played at the Governor’s mansion, the Illini Country Club, and the Renaissance Hotel. In the summer of 1991, I attended the Aspen Music Festival and School. It was there that I met musicians who convinced me that Cincinnati would be a good place to live and freelance, so I moved to Cincinnati the following winter where I have lived ever since. I presently play second harp in the Cincinnati Symphony, teach at CCM’s Prep Department, and freelance. Highlights include performing with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Cincinnati Boy Choir, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Joel Hoffman’s yearly New Music festival, and Cincinnati Opera. I have enjoyed playing at the Cincinnatian Hotel and the Netherlands Plaza for High Tea. During my time here I have also been to Japan to perform at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo and traveled with a nation-wide tour of the musical, "The Fantasticks."

 

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