Why Millikin?

Access. The moment you step foot on campus, you have immediate access to our high-quality faculty and their experiences as accomplished teachers and performers. As a student at Millikin you have a unique opportunity to learn directly from faculty. Highly motivated students can gain essential skills which will prepare you for your musical future. At Millikin it’s possible for the faculty to make a personal investment in the student as a person and future professional. My years of experience as a professional musician and teacher allow me to be a practical and dynamic mentor . Since there are no graduate students in the School of Music, undergraduates can take the lead.

Performance Opportunities

Performing is an enormous part of being a musician, and opportunities at Millikin are varied and exciting. Solo performance opportunities include weekly student recitals and Masterclasses, as well as optional and degree recitals. Highly accomplished performers can participate in the MDSO Young Artist Competition and compete for the prestigious Hollis Prize. Chamber music opportunities include Flute Choir, which I lead and which performs several times a year in a variety of settings. Large ensemble opportunities include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Millikin Chamber Orchestra. These ensembles are at the center of instrumental life at Millikin and provide students with invaluable skills and experiences essential for the professional world. The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra is a distinctive opportunity for selected students to work side by side with faculty, professionals, and other highly qualified students to perform first-rate professional concerts. MDSO is a unique and vital part of musical life at Millikin.

Teaching Philosophy

College is a critical time for a musician. My main job as a teacher is to provide Millikin students with the skills to transition from teacher-led learning to self-led learning. When flute students graduate from Millikin, my goal is that they will be confident, well-rounded musicians, teachers and entrepreneurs who can use the skills they’ve learned to analyze and improve their own playing. A consistent practice of student research, verbal or written characterization, and analytical listening is a part of this process. You will have an opportunity to learn how to apply critical thinking and analysis to your playing and to musical objectives. Adding continual curiosity to these skills will lead to becoming a well-developed musician. My goal is to provide a stimulating, challenging, supportive, and encouraging environment while we explore music from the past 400 years. The flute repertoire is a rich one, and we will dive into flute music from the solo, chamber, and orchestra worlds. A healthy grounding in scales and technical work will set the stage as we learn to integrate music history and theory to make educated decisions about interpretation. I consider myself a lifelong learner who will never “arrive”. Music never fails to stimulate me, challenge me, and I am constantly humbled by its complexity and richness. I’ve cultivated experiences and knowledge in my musical life as a performer, entrepreneur, and teacher, and I am eager to share these with you!