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Since beginning the oboe in the sixth grade, I have been playing  for twelve years.  I began giving lessons during my freshman year in college, and this will be my seventh year of oboe instruction.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude  from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, with a minor in oboe performance in 2005. While attending Mercer, I was awarded both academic and music scholarships, which I maintained all four years. I studied oboe and English Horn under Mr. Adrian Gnam, conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. 

My oboe experience in college consists of:

  • Mercer Wind Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet
  • Macon Symphony and Sinfonia
  • Mercer Wind Octet and Mercer Chamber Players 
  • Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Baptist Student Union Praise Band
  • Member of Mercer University Pep Band 
  • International Conductors Symposium Performer
  • Attendance and Instruction at Various Oboe Workshops

In addition to my experience, I have been hired to perform on several occasions:

  • Christmas, Easter, and Special Music Performances for various churches: Forest Hills UMC, Vineville Baptist, Mt. Zion Baptist, First Baptist- Macon, Ingleside Baptist-Macon, Eagles Landing First Baptist-Stockbridge
  • Various musicals and theatrical performances including Oklahoma with First Presbyterian Day School- Macon, GA
  • Weddings as both a soloist and part of a small ensemble 
  • Eagles Landing First Baptist
 I am currently a member, Historian, and website administrator of the Yargo Community Concert Band in Winder, GA.

Throughout my twelve years of oboe experience, I have been fortunate to receive several honors:

High School:                                                                                                           Various Honor Bands, Most Outstanding Band Member, Most Outstanding Woodwind, Band Officer

College:                                                                                                                    All-College Honor Band,  Selected to the 2005 National Wind Ensemble, which performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City