I re-joined Local 802 after I started working at the Engeman Theatre on Long Island for its production of “Saturday Night Fever.” I’m also very much looking forward to a few projects coming up within the next couple of months, including new works, readings and concerts both on and off Broadway. I am excited to continue my work as a music director and pianist in NYC and with various regional theaters throughout the country. I also enjoy work as an audition pianist and vocal coach. Most recently, I had the opportunity to serve as the music director and conductor for “The Sound of Music” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, with direction and choreography by Josh Rhodes. I earned a BFA in piano and oboe from Texas State University and spent some time in the city before going on the road for the 20th anniversary national tour of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” After that, I spent two seasons serving as the music assistant and associate conductor at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. I am currently completing my MFA in music direction at Pennsylvania State University. Music is important to me because it expresses what cannot be put into words. Music creates and informs emotion. It is an energetic vibration which we can all tune into. It is unifying. This is why musical theatre is so powerful: it provides an added emotional dimension to the theatrical experience. The collaboration between creative team members can make or break a production. A successful team can create an environment where everyone can thrive. That’s the kind of show I always want to be a part of.