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How long have you been with the quintet?:

Since Fall 2018

What’s your favorite animal?:

Dogs, more specifically, greyhounds. My family rescued retired greyhounds all throughout my childhood, and I can’t wait until I have a house with a fenced yard so I can have one of my own. They are SO cute!

What’s your favorite part of playing chamber music?:

My favorite part of chamber music is the collaborative nature of working closely with other musicians, and everyone being able to have an equal share of the artistic process. Also, I love that chamber music is a bit more “portable” than large bands or orchestras, allowing chamber groups like quintets to reach different audiences and concert venues. 

What has been your favorite performance so far with the quintet?:

There are too many to name! Highlights are our performances in New Hampton, IA on our spring 2019 tour, and our performance at the Washington Public Library in January 2020. 

What advice do you have for a young player interested in chamber music?

It sounds cliche to say “follow your dreams,” but I would encourage any young player interested in chamber music to pursue that interest wholeheartedly. Chamber music provides so many opportunities, both artistic and personal. Collaborating with a small group of musicians teaches you a lot about yourself as a musician, how you think about music, and how you work with others as a team. Also, it can be a lot of fun if you collaborate with your friends (or make new friends through collaboration!).