For me, creating with sound or text is about emotional flow – searching for the rare ebb and flood of narrative and sonority that can raise the hair on my arms. I aim to keep chasing those goosebumps through concert music, lyrics and librettos, and media collaborations. Recent projects include a commission for clarinet choir , a symphonic meditation on light and water in the San Francisco Bay Area , and a collaboration exploring the creation story from Ovid's Metamorphoses through artwork and music for 6 voices and frame drum .
I grew up in the mountains of northern New Mexico surrounded by natural beauty and music. Early lessons in Orff rhythm, piano, cello, then children's choir put music at my core. I split my initial studies between life sciences and composing, then made my way in science communications, with a much-enjoyed side gig in ballroom and swing dance. More recently, I studied composition (MM) with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and media composing (post-graduate diploma) in SFCM's department of Technology and Applied Composition.
Photo: Matheus Coura
Photo: Amalie Hinman
I feel very fortunate to split my time between composing for concerts and media, and teaching courses in music technology at the San Francisco Conseratory of Music. I've been honored to receive a commission from the SFCM Clarinet Ensemble and Helia Music Collective, second prize in the 2019 SF Conservatory Biennial Art Song Composition Competition, and third prize in the 2018 SF Conservatory Biennial Choral Composition Competition. I am a member of ASCAP and NACUSAsf.