After earning my undergraduate degree in Music Performance (Piano) from the University of Aberdeen, I decided to take a gap year opportunity, and since September 2016 I have been working as a Musician in Residence at Malvern St James School for Girls in Malvern, UK.
I started singing and playing piano when I was six years old, and soon entered a top music school in Lithuania located in the capital city Vilnius. While studying there for twelve years, I learnt some of the most valuable lessons about music from my teachers and classmates: the importance of the work ethic, and that only consistent practice will get you where you want to be. At the school I participated in various performances locally and abroad, which played an important role in my development towards a career as a professional musician. I was also a member of the school choir, which taught me the importance of working as a team. As part of my last conducting exam I had to conduct two choirs with different programs. That trained my leadership skills which proved to be useful in teaching and later conducting for the choir at St Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen. These skills even helped me in my first job at McDonalds, which required an ability to work within groups. Team work and team management is an important part of my current teaching work, which is largely focused on building relationships based on trust and respect.
In my senior year of high school, I started teaching in a private setting. That helped me realize how passionate I was about it and allowed me to gain independence from my parents. I am the eldest of seven children in my family, and I think that really taught me to accept challenge and responsibility. Continuing my private teaching during my university years helped me to become more confident when using my knowledge and understanding. I was also very happy doing something that was related to my degree alongside my part-time job, which I had to keep in order to support myself.
While studying in Aberdeen, I wanted to get involved in as many activities as I could, such as giving recitals, participating in master classes, being part of societies such as the University of Aberdeen Opera Society and the Choral Society. I took part in all major productions over the course of my degree and worked with world known conductors and composers such as Prof. Paul Mealor and Dr, James Jordan of Westminster.
Conducting, piano and voice are my main areas of interest. I continued developing my skills acquired in school and for my Bachelor’s thesis I chose to write about a composer, pianist, conductor and an inspiring personality Leonard Bernstein. In my thesis, I primarily analysed his work as a conductor. A deeper study of Bernstein’s life and work inspired me to continue working in unison with all three arts: conducting, piano and singing. I believe that balancing academic study with music practice is crucial to becoming a well-rounded musician, performer and teacher.
I am passionate about seeking success and fulfillment as a teacher and performer, looking to develop in both, academic and practical aspects of music.
I have a very friendly and bubbly personality and I love to make sure that children are having fun and getting to see the best experience that life can bring. I'm patient and have a good initiative when it comes to problem solving.