A MUSIC LOVER AND PERFORMER BASED IN Western North Carolina
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.
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, 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.