|I have been singing since before I could form words. After years of private concerts in my backyard for squirrels and friends, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. During this time, I actively performed with professional and community theatre companies. Upon graduation, I was offered a contract in Victoria, BC to sing at the World Famous Buchart Gardens for three consecutive summers with a well known Celtic band, Kitangus. My stay in British Columbia kick started my teaching career as well as prompted many other music projects. I have composed original music as well as performed on five CDs recorded, manufactured, and sold in Canada. Stateside, I have over a dozen CDs. My latest can be found Here. I am a working musician in the Seattle area and have had many opportunities to perform at multiple festivals, private house concerts, Women in Music events, and the Northwest FolkLife Festival for over five years. I have toured throughout the US, Canada, Ireland, Turkey, Scotland, Poland, England, and France. I am always looking to explore other cultures and soak in traditional music whenever I can.|
I recently have returned from teaching guitar and voice in Poland as part of the Kościuszko Foundation's Teaching English in Poland program. I had the privilege and honour to instruct 64 high school level students for 3 weeks at Nadwarciański Gród in Załęczu Wielkie, Poland. The students' grasp on English varied greatly; as a teacher, this was a wonderful experience in being adaptive. During this time I interacted with over 120 students in total, middle school to high school level. It was one of the pinnacle times in my life. I even wrote a song about it. You can hear it here What an adventure!
My philosophy is simple: music is fun. I believe in musical excellence, discipline, technique, and performance. I believe in the importance of setting personal goals and in establishing the necessary structure to attain them. A music lesson is a collaboration between a teacher and a student, each of whom bring individual experiences, knowledge, personality and passion to the art of making music. My goal is to inspire confidence in others both as musicians and as individuals.
Music is a life long love!