2018 Round Top Music Festival
I took up the cello at the age of five, studying under my father, a former cellist in the Utah Symphony. However it was not until seven years thereafter that I began practicing in earnest, all the while growing to truly love classical music. Eventually, I learned and performed a cut version of the Saint-Saens concerto with my middle school orchestra in the eighth grade. Around then, I began performing with the Helena Symphony as a substitute cellist. The Summer after my freshman year, I attended the Brevard Music Center, studying under Jonathan Spitz. The following year, I won the junior division of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Competition, and performed the first movement of the Lalo Cello Concerto With the Billings Symphony Orchestra. I won the senior division two years thereafter, performing the first movement of the Dvorak Concerto with the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra. Starting my Junior Year, I played in a piano trio with my older sister, a college violinist, and her fellow student Adam. We eventually received third prize in the MTNA National chamber competition in San Antonio. We attended nationals again the following year.