I’m passionate about advancing the oboe as a solo voice in recitals and chamber music. I made my solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016, was a prize-winner at the OSM Manulife Competition 2014, and won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition 2013. I’ve premiered solo and chamber works by Jocelyn Morlock, Nicky Sohn, and Matthew Emery.
In the orchestral realm, I have appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, and Windsor. I proudly serve as a mentor for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
I’ve had the privilege to work with many conscientious students as they successfully take on the challenges associated with auditions, exams, and competitions. In addition to my robust private studio, I’ve taught masterclasses and given lectures at universities, arts high schools, and music academies throughout North America. I previously held the position of Oboe Instructor at Yale University.
I earned my Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, my MMus at Mannes School of Music, and my BMus at the University of British Columbia where I was awarded the UBC Medal in Music.
the double reed (2021), featured interview on digital musicianship. Volume 44, No. 1, p. 125.
Check out my YouTube Channel for over 40 videos covering topics of tone production, repertoire, learning music, reed making, etudes, new music, reviews and more.
My fascination with understanding the physiological mechanics of oboe playing has led me to structure my teaching in a way that is holistic, yet analytical and reproducible. I place great emphasis on wellness, embracing the power of positive and performance psychology as well as physical health. My goal is to provide my students with the tools and knowledge to surpass the current generation of players in their thoughtfulness, interpretive ability, inclusiveness, and technique.
It is important to me that each student has the ultimate self-determination in their playing journey. I endeavour to help each student along their path and to respect and honour them and their vision. Whether a student pursues performance, music therapy, education, administration, or something entirely different, a well-rounded musical education builds the discipline and dedication that permeates and enriches the rest of one’s life. I hope that my students leave my studio as better colleagues, collaborators, listeners, leaders, and citizens.
The Laurier Oboe Studio has a history of cultivating exemplary oboe playing. With its exceptional offerings in the realms of theory, community music, and music therapy, I am confident that Laurier is a great fit for any student passionate about creating a life in music and seeking a well-rounded musical education.