“My musical instruction began at age nine, when my mother brought me as an unwilling pupil to a kindly, but regimented, local piano teacher whose studio resembled a military boot camp. Despite my initial aversion, I greatly enjoyed playing and practicing, to the extent of severely cramping my father’s TV-watching schedule.
After a solid course of music lessons, band, and orchestra throughout primary and secondary school, including participating in a variety of music camps and competitions (e.g., University of the South, Duquesne University, Indiana University), I studied at Oberlin Conservatory, first with Alison Deane and Frances Walker, and principally with Julian Martin (now at Juilliard), who studied with Leon Fleisher (principal), Guido Agosti, Robert Casadesus, Nadia Boulanger, and Dorothy Taubman [http://www.taubman-institute.com/html/taubman_bio.html].
I hold a B.Mus. in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (and a B.A. in English literature from Oberlin College). Since moving to Albany, I have enjoyed playing music with colleagues, teaching, and accompanying in various venues, including Cady School recitals and an off-off-off-Broadway production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Woodland Hill Montessori School (East Greenbush). In addition, I have a five-year-old son who is poised to become the next world champion of air guitar.”