My life from the beginning until now has been significantly wrapped around music. Coming from a family with a very diverse musical background, it is pretty easy to say that my upbringing has had such a great impact on my development as a musician, and as a student. My parents are both professional musicians, my mom being a professional trombonist, and my dad being a professional tubist. Starting the violin at age 5, I had a strong interest in what my older sisters were doing, as they both started playing violin a year or two before I did. Me, being the younger sibling that I was, of course wanted to follow in their lead, so I decided to start playing violin. I originally started off in the Suzuki program for my first 4 years of playing, and after realizing that I needed much more of a challenge to engage me in violin, I moved away from the Suzuki program and towards my teacher today, Dr. Kenneth Sarch, who gratefully happened to live in the area. Since then, I have progressed exponentially by getting into the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Lycoming College Baroque Orchestra, the Lycoming College Community Orchestra (directed by my dad), and my first paid gig – playing violin with the Williamsport Civic Chorus at age 13. I’ve done many recitals over the course of the last couple years and learned tons of repertoire from all the periods, which I’m sure has contributed to my strong performing abilities.