How did you get interested in Early Music?
When I started studying at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2016 I was cast in Handel’s opera
. After that, I kept getting hired to sing early music projects at school and in the community, and I was hooked! I took a few classes in the Historical Performance Institute at Jacobs and began learning more early music repertoire – mostly operatic works and works by Bach.
Who had the most significant impact on your musical education?
In some way or another, every teacher, director, coach, and accompanist I have had has made me the musician I am today, and I’m sure most musicians would say the same. In particular, my private voice instructors have had the biggest impact on shaping not only my technique, but my philosophy of music and outlook on life as a musician. I cannot thank them enough for the confidence, inspiration, and skills they have equipped me with.
Who is your favorite early composer and why?
Without a doubt, J.S. Bach. The music of Bach is so profoundly expressive and meaningful. It is absolutely beautiful to listen to and truly inspiring to study how he uses musical ideas to express not only the text of his pieces, but the theology and deeper meaning behind the text.
What is one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I almost attended culinary school instead of pursing music after high school! When I’m not singing, I spend most of my time cooking or studying nutrition and food history.
What excites you most about performing Messiah with ABS and Jeffrey Thomas?
This is, believe it or not, my first full performance of
! I am honored to be singing with such a notable organization and accomplished director for my first
. I had such a wonderful time working with Jeffrey Thomas early this year for
Parnasso in festa
at the Jacobs School and I am excited to get to work with him again for this performance.