My Dad started teaching me to read music at the piano when I was 3. I was young and interested in everything beautiful, and artistic, and feminine First, I wanted to be a dancer, then an artist, then a writer. Then my Grandmother bought my first Bass for me- becoming a musician became a feasible dream. I wanted to be a music teacher, and once that was possibility became real, I never veered from it. Music made Me.
I ventured from Alaska to Texas Tech University, and studied Bass with Paul Sharpe. I graduated With a Bachelors in Music Education, with emphasis on Double Bass. After I moved back to Anchorage, it took me two years to reach my goals and achieve my young heart’s desires: playing in a symphony and raising a family.
Fall 2019 I officially became Assistant Principal Bassist with the Anchorage Symphony.
It’s about setting goals, and then enjoying the journey to your destination. And doing it over and over again.
Every opportunity I’ve had to play music with my family, I’ve taken. They live far away and I’m in Alaska so the opportunities don’t come very often. In March over a dozen family members attended a symphony concert I was in, and the following day we had a recital. My Dad, brothers Louis and Alex, sister Olivia, son Shane, and I all performed. It has the potential of being the one and only opportunity we will have had, but I absolutely hope not. There’s nothing quite as amazing as playing music with people who know you as well as your closest family.
I’m the Assistant Principal Bassist for the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. I play also play regularly as Principal Bass for the Anchorage Opera.