Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I have a twin sister and an older sister. My mother is Scottish and my father is American and they met studying at Oxford so that’s why I’m half/half! Aside from music, I am passionate about social justice and interfaith connections. I also enjoy juggling and doing magic tricks! I really love to travel and try all the different foods and wine.
How did you first get into music?
My older sister played the clarinet and I wanted to be just like her so I started learning clarinet! My school district outside of Cleveland had an amazing band program so I was immersed in band from when I was 11 years old.
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
When I was a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and enjoyed my times on the weekends doing that much more than my time doing math and science at school during the week.
What has been your musical highlight so far?
Playing with Ben Folds as a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?
The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Alicia Keys, The Drifters, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich
What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?
I anticipate Nevis becoming even more well-known, not just for the high level of musicianship, but for the community outreach that brings music to those who may not seek it out.