"I applied to the Scholars program to learn more about the research process in a fine arts field and to learn more about producing a finished, publishable product. I also wanted to network with professional musicians. I hope to finish my project, graduate with honors, and be accepted into a top graduate music school program."
My primary academic and research interests lie in the fields of clarinet performance, musicology, and arts administration.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Bright Futures
- National Merit Semifinalist
- National Hispanic Scholar
- Anderson Scholar
- Frances Milikan Reitz Scholarship
- John C. Amott Clarinet Scholarship
- Winner of the UF Concerto Competition
- Full Scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School
- UF Clarinet Ensemble
- UF Wind Symphony
- Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
I work in music classrooms throughout Gainesville in all grade levels.
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing clarinet, listening to new music, running, racquetball, and cooking.
Compendium of Clarinet Orchestral Excerpts with Accompaniment
As many orchestras are shutting their doors, top music schools are continually producing musicians with astounding abilities. Therefore, competition for winning an orchestral position is extremely high. One must be as knowledgeable as possible when entering any audition. This knowledge involves knowing one’s own excerpts, as well as the context of each excerpt within the orchestra. Currently, there are no practical ways for a clarinetist to practice with other instrumentalists, aside from performing with an orchestra or in a repertory reading class. Both require many players and a knowledgeable instructor. Such classes do not provide sufficient repetitions, and this project will address said deficiencies. The goal of this project is to create an excerpt book that provides the most important first clarinet excerpts accompanied by two additional clarinets performing critical orchestral parts. The book will contain 15 excerpts that are required for professional clarinet auditions. In addition to the solo clarinet excerpt, a second, and possibly third, clarinet part will be included as accompaniment. The second and third parts will be transposed accompaniments adapted from the most critical musical lines in the orchestra during the excerpt. These selections will be determined by score study, recordings, and consultation with professional clarinetists. The compendium will enable clarinetists to practice excerpts together as an orchestra in miniature. Practicing in this manner will allow each clarinetist an opportunity to understand how their part fits within the orchestra. Knowledge of musical relationships is of the utmost importance in an audition; without said knowledge, it is almost impossible to win a position. Phrasing, fingerings, and common problems encountered with other will be analyzed and annotated for each excerpt. This compendium will provide clarinetists with a new way of practicing that is both informative and enjoyable, giving players a competitive edge at auditions.