Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber!

Happy birthday to American composer, Samuel Barber (1910-1981)! Barber has been one of my favorite composers for solo piano; I love his neo-romantic sound, and incorporation of American folk styles. I’m practicing hard and looking forward to performing his solo piano set, Excursions, Op. 20, in some upcoming April performances at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) and…

Meet My New Musical Family!

I am so happy to announce that I will be joining Symphony Number One as their new Principal Pianist! Symphony Number One is the East Coast’s newest chamber orchestra, based in Baltimore, MD. Our concert seasons will feature innovative programs of great works of the past and premieres of new works by today’s emerging composers….

Exploring Ancient Musical Roots

Last week, my husband and I enjoyed a well-deserved vacation/5-years-late-honeymoon in Greece! Now, I made a personal promise that I would be completely in “vacation mode,” but I couldn’t help but stumble on some really interesting artifacts and learn a bit about ancient musical history. One of our first ventures was a visit to the…

Bringing Brahms to Schumann’s Haus

My work in Germany wrapped up with a whirlwind of performances in Freiberg, Döbeln, and Zwickau. Last Saturday and Sunday, I had the great honor of performing more Brahms-Lieder concerts in the birth house of Robert Schumann. What a historic place with a fantastic museum and a beautiful chamber concert hall—a great privilege for me! The theme…

Brahms…and a Little Puccini!

Things are going really well here in Freiberg—I’ve been learning and performing so much beautiful music by Brahms—it’s quite an experience! Our Liedermatinee performance at Würlitzer Park was well received with three encores and I had the pleasure of performing on a remarkable Bechstein grand piano: it possesses a rich sound, perfect for performing Brahms. This will be my busiest…

First Week in Freiberg

This has been an excellent first week in Germany. Well…aside from taking close to four days to recover from jetlag! Due to some recent and unpredictable events, I’ve had to take on nearly twice as much music to learn and perform during these next weeks. Although it is a somewhat stressful way to kickstart this lieder program, I’m happy to take…

Brahms, for Two

This summer, I will be collaborating with singers and performing in a Brahms lieder (song) workshop and concert series in Germany. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to perform with some very talented singers, for my husband, (who hasn’t complained yet about me disappearing overseas for over a month) and, of course, for this gorgeous music that…

Hello, Oyster!

“The world is your oyster, Which I with sword will open” – W. Shakespeare (from The Merry Wives of Windsor) I completed my DMA in chamber music last month at Catholic University, and one common message I constantly heard from friends, family members, and teachers, was “the world is your oyster!” I love that quote, so I’ll just go…