I have been working as a full time musician and guitar instructor since graduating with a B.A. from The University of Maryland in 2000 and am fluent in various acoustic and electric guitar styles including flamenco, classical, jazz and hard rock.
At UMD, I was the 1st chair guitarist in the jazz big band for 2 years while studying jazz guitar with renowned instructor and guitarist Gerry Kunkle along with completing studies in orchestration and jazz improvisation. Before college, I studied flamenco guitar for several years with the finest performer and teacher in the DC area--Paco de Malaga. And while studying at Montgomery College, I had the good fortune of studying jazz guitar with Jake Sheffer, classical guitar with Walt Johns and jazz combo performance with Mark Cook. I returned to school and earned a certificate in composition (MC '11).
Performing is always a thrill for me, as is composition. I have composed music for a number of T.V. shows and commercial recordings, including the award-winning album "Oye Chica" from my band Trio Caliente (triocaliente.com). I compose for solos, duets, small groups and orchestras. The other aspect of music that I enjoy is teaching lessons. I actually learn something new as I work with each client and attempt to tailor the classes according to the students' level and musical goals while keeping it fun!