I joined Local 802 so that I could get involved and connect with more NYC musicians. Ultimately, my goal is to play as much great music as I can at the highest level with colleagues whose work I admire. I love playing classical and orchestral percussion, but I also love to play drumset and other styles of music, including rock/pop and contemporary. Of my recent gigs, my favorite was when I played the music of Anton Webern and Morton Feldman at the theatre at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with The Orchestra Now. Since those composers are performed relatively rarely, I was grateful for the opportunity. I graduated from Juilliard first with a bachelor’s and then with a master’s degree in classical percussion performance a few years ago, and ever since have regularly performed in a wide variety of classical and non-classical capacities both locally and around the country. In addition to performing, I teach drumset, percussion, composition and ear training in private lessons and as an adjunct faculty member at the Pingry School in New Jersey. I also teach percussion and ear training as a faculty member at the Luzerne Music Center. I also play drumset and sing in indie rock bands Atlas Bloom and Foxanne. Music is important to me because not only does it enrich my life every day as a creative outlet, but also because it allows me to be a part of a community made up of some of the best musicians in the world.