About

I have a BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College. I majored in Music with coursework in Jazz from UMass, Musicology and Composition from Amherst College, Theory from Mt Holyoke, violin and performance from Smith College.

MUSIC

I am a classically trained musician with certificates in violin, performance and chamber music coaching from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Conservatory at Rivers and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. I offer private lessons on mandolin and fiddle and group classes in Bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer and Classical music genres.

Visit my Media page to listen to some recordings and watch some videos. Don't hesitate to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see the videos as I publish them.

I am a co-founder and fiddler with Celticado, a traditional Celtic duo with Jim Bunting of Enfield, CT. Learn more about Celticado here. I play mandolin with Swift River, a newgrass band that plays mostly originals with Claiborne Woodall, Bruce Fischer and John Rough. I'm a co-founder and President of Mandolin New England, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit mandolin orchestra in western MA and Providence, RI. I play mandocello with the Granby Mandolin Quartet. We are currently studying Mozart's "Spring" Quartet, one of the "Haydn" quartets. In 1995, I formed Fiddle Hill with Brian Bender of Shutesbury, MA. Together, we played for contradances all over western MA and in 1999, played on stage in a world music festival in front of the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

My first teaching job out of College was at the Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst, MA. From there, I taught mandolin and fiddle at Downtown Sounds in Northampton, NCMC, KIMRA in Keene, NH, KCMC and finally my own studio in 2009. Since then, I've been teaching out of my home and online. I offer private lessons on mandolin and fiddle, banjo and guitar, Irish bouzouki, bass and ukulele. Monday - Friday, I teach group classes in Classical music (Mondays 7-9pm), Mandolin 4 Beginners (Tuesdays 7-9pm), Bluegrass (Wednesdays 7-9pm) and Celtic Music (Thursdays 7-9pm). During the summer months, I run a Celtic session at my home in Granby, 3rd Sundays from noon til 6pm.

DANCE

I started going to contradances with my Mom in the1960s and 70s. She loved to dance! I loved playing "fiddle music" and joined The Silvermans (or Silverman Trio) in 1975 to play for contradances in around Acton and Weston. Later in College, I played for a variety of dances at Hampshire College, Smith and Mt Holyoke, started the Northampton Contradance with Fiddle Hill in 1995 and have been performing and organization contradances ever since. 2020's Covid put the kybosh on social activities, but now that everyone's been vaccinated, I'm hoping to start up the dance in Granby again in 2022! Visit my Dance page to learn more about dances and other opportunities

WEDDINGS

I have played music for weddings since High School. I offer solo violin music for ceremonies, and a variety of live music for cocktail hours, receptions and dances.