I believe that music is a vital form of communication for all people. As a composer, conductor, and instructor, I strive to create and teach art that brings people together and explores the full gamut of the human experience. My compositions vary widely, with pieces written especially for the changing voices, high school choirs, as well as collegiate, community, and professional choirs. My favorite works utilize interesting, uncommon texts, and I frequently write my own.
An internationally performed composer, my commissioned works have premiered at national and state-level ACDA honor choirs, all-states, and at local choir concerts across the country. My music is published with MusicSpoke, Carl Fischer, Hal Leonard Music, and Augsburg Fortress. I was a runner-up in the Raymond S. Brock Student Composition Competition, an invitee to the ACDA Eastern Division Composition Masterclass, first runner-up in the Southwest ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition, and I have conducted clinics and honor choirs across the United States.
I previously served on the vocal faculty at Discovery Canyon Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, teaching 6-12 grade students with a team of exceptional educators. In my time at DCC, the campus's choral program tripled to over 500 students; over 100 singers were accepted into various Middle School All-State, High School All-State, and ACDA National Honor Choirs; my choirs were consistently awarded top marks at festival; and the Performing Arts Department was a finalist for the “Thomas S. Crawford Team of the Year Award." During this time, I also served as the Assistant Artistic Director of “Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus” and was an inaugural board member of the Colorado Middle School All-State Choir. I'm proud to bring my passion for education into my work as a composer.
Currently, I am a graduate teaching assistant at the Florida State University, where I am in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education. I am a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (MM, Choral Conducting) and Baylor University (BME, Music Education) and am a member of ACDA, NAFME, ASCAP, and MusicSpoke. I share my home with my husband, Ryan, a fellow music educator and advocate for inclusive teaching—as well as three rescue dogs, Tonks, Kimmy, and Zorp.