How long have you played the violin? I started playing the violin when I was 10 years old in the 5th grade. I decided to join orchestra instead of band because my older brother and sister were both in band, and I wanted to be different.
Do you play any other instruments? I can also play the viola, and I also like to play around on the piano, the cello, and the ukulele 🙂
What music do you listen to for fun? I really like to listen to all types of music, but I find myself listening to current pop music a lot….maybe to keep up with my junior high students lol. My favorite band (for right now) is Mumford and Sons….I could listen to them all day.
Do you have any cool hobbies? I don’t know if any of my hobbies are “cool,” but I LOVE to read. I am a self proclaimed nerd; my favorite books include anything by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, The Pillars of the Earth, The Hunger Games, For Whom the Bell Tolls, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and pretty much anything sci-fi, or supernatural, or just has a really good plot….with some romance of course ;). I also like to play around with photography, do a lot of crafts and needlepoint, I am really interested in interior design and home renovation stuff, and I reeeeeally like shopping and fashion….I have more shoes than I should admit to.
Do you speak any other languages? I like to think I can understand Spanish pretty well lol. I took three years of Spanish in high school, but that was a long time ago. Most of my students speak English and Spanish, so when they are having a conversation in Spanish, I’ll pick up some of the words and mess with them a little. I think I have a lot of them convinced that I’m fluent in Spanish 🙂
What’s your favorite color? My favorite color is mint green.
What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in elementary school, I really wanted to be a figure skater. The problem with that was, I live in Texas, and I had NEVER been ice skating before…..I think I just liked the pretty outfits and how graceful they always looked.
What do you hope people get out of one of your performances? When I perform, my hope is always that the people listening experience some kind of connection to what they are hearing. Whether I am playing at a wedding and help to create a feeling of happiness and love in the air and maybe make people get out of their seats to dance, or playing a Tchaikovsky symphony in a concert hall that brings people to tears. I hope to be a part of something that can transport someone to a place that only music can take them.
Why do you like performing? I like performing because it is my passion. I know I can be outspoken and downright funny, but I personally have a hard time expressing my real intimate emotions. When I play a moving piece of music, I feel like I am pouring out my soul for the world, like I am exposing who I really am, and again, I only hope that my performing can take others to this state of being.
How does playing at a wedding make you feel? Playing at weddings is always fun. A wedding day is one of the happiest days in most people’s lives and that just creates an atmosphere of joy. I really enjoy meeting new people at all of the weddings we get to be a part of, and it is awesome when we start a piece of music, and you see people, even if it is only one person, get excited because they love that song, or start dancing to the music, or even begin singing. These are clear outward signs that what we do makes a difference, and helps the couple and their friends and family have a more enjoyable experience.
Is there one funny fact about yourself you’d like to share? There are so many funny facts about me, but if I have to choose one, it would be that I love puns. Love them. To the point that I drive my closest friends crazy. So in the spirit of weddings and music, here are two puns for you:
**Two nuclear technicians got married. She was radiant and he was glowing.****Unfortunately, the violinist stayed in a vile inn.**