Wife, flutist, teacher, blogger, and mother of three active and bright children — I know what it’s like to be a busy working mom! I started this blog as a way to chronicle what parenting and work-life balance ideas have shined the brightest in my day-to-day busyness and share them with parents who have asked me how I juggle it all. It’s been an interesting journey to be sure, and my hope is that it offers some encouragement and aid to other working mommies out there!
I been active as a freelance performer since high school and as a teacher since my undergraduate days. I currently serve as Second Flute with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic orchestra and am Adjunct Professor of Flute at Indiana Wesleyan University. I am also currently the President of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, a group committed to connecting with the flute community and sharing the joy of flute music and performing. I occasionally perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and have formerly performed with the Indianapolis Chamber Winds, Danville (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Chamber Singers Orchestra, and the United States Collegiate Wind Band’s European Tour, among other ensembles. I have also enjoyed performing for various occasions such as formal and charitable recitals and have given masterclasses at Butler University and Morehead State University.
I earned a Master of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England studying with Peter Lloyd and Laura Jellicoe. While in England, I played in charitable concerts for St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. I was featured as a soloist at the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall, England in addition to performing in the music festival’s orchestral and recital events.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Performance with Distinction at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied principally with Kathryn Lukas. While at Indiana University, I also had the opportunity to study for several weeks with Barbara Kallaur on baroque flute, Donald Peck, Thomas Robertello, and Kate Hill of the Royal Academy of Music. Over the summers I enjoyed studying with Karen Evans Moratz and earlier with Rebecca Price Arrensen.
I am lucky to be the mother of three beautiful and talented children, and I play on a wonderful David Straubinger 10K gold flute with 14K head joint.