Welcome to DW Studio
I help artists find their authentic sound and creative business mindset so they can develop sustainable careers. My specialty is enabling these artists to level up at key transition points:
– early career individuals looking to pivot into new arts positions
– current college students emerging into the arts profession
– high school viola players on the path to music majors
– advanced middle school violists readying for the challenge of high school music programs
I work with musicians in lessons, entrepreneurship and pedagogy courses, music festivals, studio classes, workshops, and clinics. I offer these experiences online, at the University of St. Thomas, and through various programs/festivals both nationally and internationally.
This work is inspired by my own career experiences as violist in the Houston Grand Opera & Ballet orchestras, starting four non-profit artistic ventures and developing my private and college viola studios. I passionately serve the mentor role with my students, just a my teachers did for me.
Holistic and Sustainable
I believe in mentoring the whole musician and incorporate elements of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, leadership, and organization intertwined with conservatory-minded musical training. These ‘extra-musical skills’ foster more sensitive and empathetic humans who are deeply connected to their craft and this purpose-driven approach is what makes sustainable music careers.
Students of DW Studio are performers, teachers, arts administrators, and entrepreneurs affecting positive change regionally, nationally, and internationally. Many have gone on to top conservatories and universities including Rice University, Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Royal College of Music (London), McGill University (Montreal), Baylor University, DePaul University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Oregon, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They have earned viola positions at major music festivals including Aspen School, Tanglewood Institute, Heifetz, Bowdoin, Sewanee, Domaine Forget and numerous seats in local Region, State, and National competitions and orchestra auditions.
Diversity Statement & Core Values
DW Studio embraces musicians of all colors, religions, sexualities, gender identity/expressions, and ages. We celebrate each other’s differences and actively develop empathy to understand one another. Core values:
Empathy. Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. Anti-Racism. Respect. Excellence.
If any of this resonates with you, Book a Free Lesson!