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Takes a Village

I sincerely hope the very best for you wherever you are in the world, and I hope you’re keeping safe and warm. I’ve spent the last month back at home in Virginia for a stream of performances in the area, and I’ve come to realize how apt this phrase has been in my musical life. 

I was extremely lucky to connect with almost every one of my musical teachers from every stage of my development, beginning with Sue Schreck who started giving me and my siblings violin lessons when I was 4.  I was also able to attend the funeral for Virginia Koun, who gave my entire family piano lessons and, along with Sue, became a huge part of my family’s life.

After visiting with or sharing the stage with Chris Brydge, Woody Beckner, Jeff Smith, Jimmy Masters, John Toomey, Liz Barnes, Terry Burrell and Jae Sinnett, I’ve realized just what a profound impact each has had and continues to have on the musician and person I am