She is one of the country’s most dynamic and enthusiastic instrumentalists, having worked with numerous GRAMMY and TONY Award-winning artists and composers across many genres. As a performer, author, and teacher, her music has reached over 100 million people across the globe. Her book, Flute & Piccolo Excerpts for Wind Band has been published in over a dozen countries and has been acclaimed as an “industry leading” resource.
During her 20 year career with The United States Air Force Band, she was a featured soloist in 12 states and was honored to premier and record Mike Mower’s Picc Trix for Piccolo and Wind Band. As principal piccoloist, she has recorded dozens of albums, videos, and international broadcasts. She has been featured on numerous national television networks including ABC, NBC, FOX, CSPAN, and CNN. She is a two-time recipient of the George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands. In 2019, she was an honored recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor given to artists by the United States Government.
Committed to education and mentoring, she has been a featured artist at multiple colleges and universities across the country. She is nationally sought-after as an expert on pedagogy and audition preparation. Her students have received multiple awards, honors and fellowships. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University & Wright State University, and has completed 2 years of Doctoral work at George Mason University. Her teachers include Wendy Kumer, George Pope, Nancy Andrew, Katherine Thomas-Umble and Christopher Chaffee.