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FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR, The Hunter School of Music                                                                                      

San Jose, CA           https://hunterschoolofmusic.com/

  • March 2015 founded and established The Hunter School of Music, a 3-studio music school providing piano, guitar, ukulele, theory, and composition lessons for all ages and abilities.

  • Grew business to 6 employees and over 100 students in weekly attendance.

  • As Director responsibilities included; payroll, accounting, scheduling, instrument maintenance, hiring and training new employees, advertising, social media, all communication with families and students.

  • Organized biannual in-person recitals and transferred to online recitals during the pandemic.

  • In addition to being the Executive Director, I was a full-time piano instructor, teaching between 40-50 students a week of all ages and abilities.

  • Prepared students annually for the competitive MTAC Certificate of Merit exam.

  • Ensured 5-star business ratings on online review sites (Yelp, Google, Facebook, etc.) by being committed to providing the highest quality of communication, services, and problem solving possible for all parents and students.  

  • Managed the business through COVID and successfully pivoted all lessons to online learning with a 95% retention rate.

  • Continue to collaborate with the new director to assist with program ideas and occasional communication to families.

 

MUSIC EDUCATOR, Music For Minors                                                                                                                                                                       

San Carols, CA       https://mfm.org/                                                                                                                                                 

  • Interacted with over 700 students a week to provide sequential, standards-based music education for Pre-K through 4th grade students in the San Mateo-Foster City School District as well as other schools throughout the South Bay Area and peninsula.

  • Weekly preparation to teach lesson plans that include ear training, singing, playing Orff instruments, music theory, and introduction to playing the recorder for all 3rd and 4th grade students.

  • Conduct assessments of all classes twice a year.

  • Started a very successful glee choir with another MFM instructor for the 3rd and 4th graders. I provided the accompaniment during rehearsals, recorded videos to assist with home practice, and organized concerts throughout the year.

 

EDUCATION ASSOCIATE, Washington Performing Arts Society                                                                                                   

Washington, DC      https://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/                                                                          

  • Administer all in-school arts and music programs for grades K-12.

  • Schedule and coordinate the Concerts In Schools and In-School Artist Residency programs which connects a roster of 26 professional teaching artists with the local DC school systems and the surrounding counties school systems to provide in-school concerts and residency programs for all students.  The Concerts In Schools program alone serves over 44,000 students annually.

  • Oversee the administration and budget tracking for the “Enriching Experiences for Seniors” program, which brings a roster of 21 artists to DC and DC area senior homes for performances reaching over 3,000 seniors.

  • Administer the Feder Competition, an annual string competition for 6th-12th grade students that awards prizes and performance opportunities for young musicians.

  • Re-design and maintain the monthly education calendar of events “Education at a Glance” which is distributed to the entire WPAS staff, board members and donors.

  • Assist with the Embassy Adoption Program, which partners 70 Embassies with 70 DC Public Schools 5th and 6th graders for a one-year residency giving students the opportunity to intimately learn about another culture.

 

PERFORMANCES AND AWARDS

  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA 2018

  • Harpsichordist and flautist for Peralta Consort, multiple performances including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049, San Jose, CA 2018

  • Handel’s Messiah, Organist, First United Methodist Church of Germantown and Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, PA 2010

  • Solo and concerto performances in Nordica Auditorium at University of Maine in Farmington, ME 1996-2002

  • Solo performances in Rock Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2002 and 2006

  • Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, 2001; Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, 1996, Farmington, ME

  • Master classes with Arnaldo Cohen (2006), Alexander Fiorillo (2001), Laura Kargul (1997), Oleg Koshelev (1997), Wu Han (1996).

  • 1997 Elsie Bixler Junior Prize Winner, Bay Chamber Concert Prizes, ME; 1997 Pine Tree Competition Winner, Colby College, ME; 1997 Friends of the Symphony Award, Bangor Concerto Competition, ME; 1996 Winner, U.M.F. Concerto Competition, Farmington, ME

 

ACCOMPANYING AND ORGAN EXPERIENCE

Member of Peralta Consort, Flute and Harpsichord, San Jose, CA

Accompanist, Serendipity Choir, San Jose, CA                                                                                                                                                          

Substitute Organist (AGO Sub List), throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia                                                                                                             

Accompanist, Temple Women’s Choir, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                 

Organist, Epiphany Lutheran Church, East Falls, PA                                                                                                                                                

Substitute Accompanist, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA                                                                                                                                     

Organist, St. Alban Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                                           

Accompanist, Gwynedd-Mercy College Choir, Gwynedd Valley, PA                                                                                                                         

Accompanist, Villanova Voices, Villanova University, Villanova, PA                                                                                                                           

  • The Villanova Voices concertized locally throughout the school year.  Additional concerts in Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Cincinnati, OH; Syracuse, NY; Pittsburg, PA; Rome, Italy; Vienna, Austria.

 

ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The Hunter School of Music, San Jose, CA                                                                                                                                                                                           

Northern California School of Music, Cupertino, CA                                                                                                                                                  

Piano Instructor, The International School of Music, Bethesda, MD                                                                                                                           

Adjunct Music Faculty, Montgomery County Community College, PA                                                                                                                       

Associate Staff, Piano and Theory, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                        

Music Instructor, Macsedan Private School, Yerevan, Armenia                                                                                                                            

Piano Instructor, Wissahickon Arts Center, Wissahickon, PA                                                                                                                                     

Secondary and Class Piano Instructor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                             

Piano Instructor, Jacob’s Music, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                                                      

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEES

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) 1999-Present                                                                                                                                                       

Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) 2015-2021       

 

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2004-2006, Master of Music in Piano Performance.  Studies with Dr. Charles Abramovic, 4.0/4.0

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1998-2002, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.  Studies with Dr. Charles Abramovic.  Graduated Magna Cum Laude.