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Violoncello

WHO AM I?

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. I studied the cello under Dr. Richard Thomas, and was principle cello for all four years in the PC Chamber Orchestra, also directed by Dr. Thomas. During my time there, I gave two full recitals, performed in weddings with the PC String Quartet, performed in countless weekly student recitals, and accompanied all of the various ensembles on campus. I was awarded first prize in the 2018 Orval Oleson Performance Competition and second prize in the 2019 competition. I also participated in a masterclass given by Dr. Robert Jesselson from the University of South Carolina.

After finishing my undergraduate studies, I moved on to graduate school at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University to pursue a Master of Music in Performance. I am in my second and final year of studies under the renowned cello pedagogue Jeffrey Solow. Under his careful guidance, my technical abilities as a player have advanced ten-fold, and my musical intelligence has risen to new heights. Unfortunately, due to the obstacles erected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not able to take advantage of as many performance opportunities as I had hoped. However, I was still able to perform in four socially-distanced concerts as principal cello of the Temple University String Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jose-Luis Dominguez. I also participated in two socially-distanced opera productions: Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, under the direction of Stephanie Rhodes Russel; and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus under the direction of Stephen Gross.

While at PC, I taught cello for two years through the Laurens County Acadamey of Music (LCAM). When I arrived at Temple, I began teaching cello through the Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP) which is run by Temple Prep.

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