A recent graduate of Northwestern University's Department of Voice and Opera, I am a classical singer and Russian music enthusiast. As a Fulbright grantee, I will be living in Moscow, exploring contemporary Russian vocal culture. I am particularly interested in the role of the bass voice in Russian church singing and its influence on vocal pedagogy in Russia.
I began studying Russian language several years ago; my interest in Russian music developed shortly thereafter. In the spring of 2005, I lived and worked in a Moscow orphanage. It was an extremely rewarding experience, and I have since longed to return to Russia.
I have been singing publicly since the age of three. While a student at Northwestern, I performed in numerous opera productions, including the premiere of T. J. Anderson's Slip Knot. In 2004, I debuted at Chicago's Orchestra Hall as a soloist with the Apollo Chorus in a concert of opera arias and scenes. Currently, I am preparing a recital of Russian art song, including works by Musorgsky, Rachmaninov, and Sviridov.
When not performing or studying, I enjoy going for walks and listening to hi-fi.