A MUSIC LOVER AND PERFORMER BASED IN Western North Carolina

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN...

In my native home of Columbia, South Carolina,  I began playing the violin through the University of South Carolina String Project.  I moved on to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, to study with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock and complete a degree in Music Therapy. 

While attending college in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, I discovered a passion for Appalachian culture and music.  I immersed myself in the local music community and studied traditional mountain styles of the fiddle, banjo and guitar.

I  saw how music was also connected to agriculture and developed interests in environmental stewardship.  More recently, I went on to graduate from North Carolina State University with a master's degree in Agricultural Education.

About Me...

While teaching for after school music programs and private lessons, I also regularly perform at weddings, music venues, restaurants, private parties, square dances,  and music festivals.

Wilkesboro native, Zeb Gambill, and I often perform in a stringband together as The Grit Lickers.  Zeb has won or placed in many guitar and mandolin contests in the Southeast. 

What's Going on Now...

When I'm not teaching or performing I like to go to fiddler's conventions, hike in the woods, garden, read and play with my two cats, Roger and Sneakers.

Music is just about my favorite thing and I believe it has the power to enrich our lives in many ways.