I began my career of bringing music to children ten years ago. I was given the opportunity to be the Assistant for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Education Department, while I was still a young Political Science major at Rutgers-Newark. It was there that I met Jeff Grogan, former NJYS Artistic Director, who asked me to join him at the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
For the last five seasons, it has been my privilege to call New Jersey Youth Symphony my home. As we look ahead to the program’s 40th Season, I am excited to see how we continue to grow with some of the state’s top young musicians.
At NJYS, our mission is to provide the highest quality of music education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.
It has been incredibly humbling to work with some truly talented conductors who inspire me every day. I am also so grateful to work with highly committed teams of parent volunteers. Their contributions greatly enhance the experience of all our young musicians. I remember being part of a different youth orchestra as a young violinist. Looking back, I now have a new appreciation for all the time my parents spent driving me to rehearsals and staying to move chairs and stands.
My love for music makes me proud to be NJYS’s Manager of Orchestras and I can’t wait to see what’s next!