Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, my musical journey began at a young age, when I joined my elementary school chorus program. Though I enjoyed chorus, my passion for music was not ignited until I began playing clarinet in middle school. By the time I reached my senior year in high school, I had participated in several honor clinics, composed music for my high school band, and learned three additional instruments- saxophone, piano, and guitar. Post high school, I attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During my time at UNC-Pembroke, I participated in several ensembles, played throughout the community, and continued composing. During this time I also joined Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Women's Music Fraternity and the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators, holding high offices in both. In 2013, I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Upon graduation, I received my North Carolina Teaching License and began teaching high school band and chorus in Eastern North Carolina. During my time as a high school director, my ensembles performed in a variety of places both in and outside of North Carolina. Several of my students have participated in a variety of honor clinics and have been awarded scholarships to continue their musical education on a collegiate level. Additionally I have worked with elementary students in the fields of composition, chorus, and bucket drumming. Currently, I am a full time graduate student at East Carolina University, where I am studying Music Composition and Theory.

Selected Works: Portraits for piano- 10:00, Feel Like This for fixed media- 6:10, Light for five voices- 3:00, Intersections for open instrumentation- 5:00

Compositions

Portraits



"Bessie's Song" Movement 1 of a 5-movement piano suite. Performed by Julia Den Boer.


Feel Like This



Feel Like This is a fixed media piece realized in Pro Tools.  The source material for this piece comes from a speech given by 9-year old Charlotte native, Zianna Oliphant in response to police brutality.