Q: What instruments do you play and how long have you been playing each of them? / What is your music background and what inspired you to pursue music?
"I play violin and viola. My mother is a violinist and she started teaching me at the age of 3. I picked up the viola at age 12 and fell in love with the rich, beautiful sound. I prefer to play viola whenever possible. I also play a bit of guitar, mandolin, and piano, but piano is what I am currently working on."
Q: What style of music do you like to play?
"Classical: Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Mahler.
Q: What style of music do you enjoy listening to?
"I like listening to classical, folk, world music, and 80's tunes!"
Q: How did you connect with Lowcountry Pianist & Company? How long have you been a part of the team?
"I met Holly [the owner] through a teaching engagement. Since then, I have been part of the team for over two years. I like that the events are so organized and filled with positive energy!"
Q: What are you past experiences and credentials?
"I received viola performance degrees from Indiana University (Bachelors) and University of Maryland (Masters). I've played with the New Jersey Symphony and symphonic and opera groups all over Washington, DC and New York City. I've also played with Harrisburg, Delaware, New Haven, and Hartford Symphonies before moving to Charleston and beginning with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 2001.
Q: Where are you from?
"Hershey, PA. Yes, where they make the chocolate!"
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
"I would fly back to Paris! I fell in love with Paris when we took my 8 year old daughter there last June. I want to back, but for longer this time!"
Q: Do you prefer books or movies? Any particular ones you would recommend?
"Books! Madeline Miller books: Song of Achilles and Circe. They are beautifully written and mesmerizing."
Q: What's your favorite season and why?
"Fall, of course. My daughter was born in the Fall and I named her Autumn! I love the crispness in the air, the darker evenings, and the impending warm holidays approaching."
Q: How did your husband propose?
"He wrote a song for me... and caught me off guard. I experienced complete joy and happiness!
Q: Tell us about you recent wedding.
"I was married on April 3rd at St. Luke's Chapel. It was an intimate ceremony with roses (my middle name is Rose and so is my daughter's) and my daughter made our cake. We had the reception on the Riverboat going about Charleston harbor. My friend played beautiful classical guitar for us.
Q: What is your favorite thing about "married life"?
"Being in life together as a team and having a family have been the greatest things in my married life."
Q: Any beginning tips or advice on married life that you would tell engaged couples?
"Always be grateful."
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