How did you become interested in music?
I became interested in the arts after completing one full year at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, VA. I was attending the school for criminal justice, but after attaining a 4.0 GPA there and visiting multiple prisons and correctional institutions, I had began to feel a longing in my heart to do something more. It was almost robotic dissecting crime scenes and I had felt that my heart just wasn’t in it. I had come home for the summer back to the church I attended before leaving for college and saw a need for a pianist and a musician to play during transition periods. Despite my study in criminology and forensics I had also been in band class since 6th grade and played flute multiple times. Seeing all the needs and having the pastor literally ask me to perform on the spot; it was like going back to a first love. I currently have put together an ensemble there that performs every Sunday. And have taught music theory to many different age groups. Every time I play or perform, it’s a new connection to everything I play.
What kind of career do you hope to have?
With completing my degree I hope to teach music for a school and continue the private students I currently teach.
Do you participate in any community cultural activities, internships, or work in the Charlotte design community? If so, please describe.
I teach band at a co-op located in Concord every Tuesday. Also at my home church located in the heart of Charlotte. And I am doing a professional internship with the Charlotte Symphony's Project Harmony program, working with kids at Montclaire Elementary School in the afternoons.
When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?
When I am not practicing, I am reading a good book. I enjoy reading dearly.