I believe in the power of music. I experience this power daily through my own performances, educational partnerships with upcoming musicians, and by listening to anything I can get my hands on. The joy that it brings me is something that would be selfish to contain. My mission is to communicate what I believe about the genuine power of music with my audiences, students, and colleagues.
I believe that a performance must move or inspire the listener. This will mean something different for every audience member. My hope is that sharing my true humanity with them on the stage will momentarily or permanently effect their lives and encourage them to experience the value of such musical connections.
As I encounter more beginning and intermediate musicians, I find that their understanding and view of music is often skewed. As a teacher, my primary goal is to instill the genuine love and respect of music in my students while also fostering their appropriate growth in music fundamentals. I firmly believe that if a student understands the true value of music first, that they will not falter in their desire to practice and reach a level of musicianship at which they, too, can communicate through music.