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My life has revolved around music since I was young, first as a piano student and then as a clarinetist. I studied clarinet performance in college and graduate school with fantastic teachers, earning 3 degrees. I have been really fortunate to have some wonderful experiences with my musical life: festivals in amazing places, concerts in big halls with famous soloists, chamber music in alternative spaces, new music festivals where I interacted with composers to create new pieces, Broadway touring shows, and even shows with rock and pop stars. I’ve taught a lot, in a variety of settings, with great colleagues and students. Along the way, I continued to learn about the clarinet and the business of music. It’s what I didn’t learn in school that brought me to the next phase of my life.
I was frequently stressed out about auditions, practicing, trying to get gigs, worrying about money, and finding the right balance between performing and teaching. The stresses of trying to make a living sometimes upset that balance and the toxic competitiveness that permeates the industry was draining. This is unfortunately a common refrain among musicians who are trying to thrive in an industry that has more qualified people than employment opportunities. For many years, I allowed that stress to rob me of the joy of playing music. It stifled my creativity, which was the one thing I needed most to create a rich, varied, and satisfying life as a musician!
In addition to my music career, I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and was a runner/triathlete, gym rat. I love to eat and became fascinated with how food either fights disease or fuels it. I earned my Master Health Coaching certification through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and because much of my experience as a music student and then as a professional had to do with emotional wellness, I added certifications as a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor and a Positive Psychology Practitioner. I have also completed the Performing Arts Medicine Association course.
My focus on musician health and wellness allows me to combine the two things I love the most with the people I understand the best. I’ve designed my practice around the techniques and strategies that would have helped me the most in my student days and into my career; the things that would have allowed me to experience more joy, creativity, and freedom of opportunity and less stress and injury to both body and mind.
Through group workshops, round table discussions, private coaching sessions, webinars, and Zoom meetings, I can tailor plans for you or your studio, ensemble, or faculty group.* You will learn about optimal physical wellness and ways to make simple changes to improve your physical state, tactics for managing stress, ways to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into your creative life as well as your personal life, and more. Programs are fully customizable and are determined together through a discovery session phone call.
Let me help you, your studio, your arts organization, or your family find the balance that allows you to live your best life now.
*Due to COVID-19, we may be over the internet rather than in person, as the situation dictates. My goal is to be on campus with you and your students as soon as possible.