As a teacher, I really enjoy the close relationships and mentorships I develop with my flute students. I feel energized when my students and I develop a symbiotic relationship in which a partnership of learning develops. I love having the opportunity and privilege of guiding them to a successful future, whether that is working in the classroom with with young children, becoming a high school band director, or attending a prestigious graduate school to continue their flute studies.
The earliest memory I have of attending a classical music concert was in my first year of high school when I attended a symphony concert with the mother of one of my high school band friends. One day she called and asked me if I would be interested in attending a symphony concert with her, as her husband and daughter were unable to attend. My own parents did not attend concerts of any kind, so this was a new experience for me. I remember the magic of arriving in the grand hall and being awed by all of the concertgoers dressed in evening gowns and tuxedos.
When the concert began, we were seated in the balcony with binoculars. I was overcome with awe at the big symphonic sounds, tone colors, and beauty of the music played by the orchestra. I watched the first flutist intensely and took note of her every body movement and solos. With that single act of kindness, inviting me to a concert because a friend’s mother had an extra ticket, my future as a flutist was locked in.
My favorite place on campus is where the campus intersects with downtown Blacksburg, right outside of Henderson Hall. A hop, skip and a jump away from my office, the area has been beautifully remodeled, boasts grassy hills, beautiful walkways, and is across the street from my favorite places to dine and play: The Moss Arts Center, Theatre 101, The Lyric Theatre, Green’s, Gillie’s and Bollos.