I grew up in McFarland, Wisconsin, near Madison. Always an artsy kid, I knew I wanted to play percussion when I saw my sister perform with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. The percussionists always seemed to be having the most fun and I was completely enthralled by the physical nature of the instrument. The powerful sound sound and versatility of the marimba captivated me, and it's still my favorite percussion instrument to this day.
After high school, I studied percussion at the University of Michigan, performing with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra. I found that the most rewarding experiences came when I was in collaboration with composers, leading me to think a lot about the importance of creating new musical experiences for audiences. After college, I worked briefly at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Kennedy Center. Now I live in Brooklyn, NY and work for Carnegie Hall, supporting the important work of the Weill Music Institute.