I was born in Springfield, Missouri. When I was 8 years old my family moved to Minnesota, where I started playing viola in my public school orchestra program. I continued to learn other string instruments and after high school studied double bass performance at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
In 2000, I graduated with honors in String Instrument Repair from Minnesota State College - SE Technical in Red Wing, MN; under the direction of Lisbeth Nelson-Butler. In 2002, I graduated with a degree in Violin Making and Restoration from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Mass. There studying with Kevin Kelly, David Polstein & Thomas Hummel; completing the three year program in two years.
After graduating violin making school, I returned to Minnesota and apprenticed with John R. Waddle of St. Paul, Minnesota.
I was Awarded a Honorable Mention in the 2012 Art of Sound Violin Making Competition.
In addition to violin making; I continue to perform with several ensembles around the Twin Cities Area.
Member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, elected 2018.