Almost from the start, my love and pursuit of piano, voice, and theater have been inseparable. I started singing before I can remember and began piano lessons when I was six. Music has shaped and guided my life from the beginning.
I began teaching piano in high school, under the direction of my teacher. In college, intending to become a professional pianist, I studied piano pedagogy for beginning and intermediate students, solo performance and worked as an accompanist. My freshman year I attended my first opera. It was a revelation—and it started me on a new musical path.
At an early age I was involved in musical theater. My first roles included the principal singer in Here Comes Suzy Snowflake, Annie, and The Ugly Duckling. I also belonged to several children's singing troupes that toured my home state. I had a love for classical music and jazz and though I explored a myriad of training styles, my foundation was eventually built in the classical tradition.
Before college, I studied several languages, music literature, and AP music theory. After being accepted into a university vocal program, I continued these studies and also studied vocal pedagogy, performance psychology, and recital program development. I performed roles in several productions, including Carmen, Rigoletto and Manon. The most memorable being Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro. I finished my degree specializing in vocal performance and pedagogy.
After college, I continued my study of piano and voice with several master teachers and am active with continuing education. There's always something new to learn! After three decades of teaching piano and voice, I specialize in beginning to early advanced piano students and beginning to artist level voice students of all ages. Some are just starting out on their musical journeys; others have many years of study behind them. I feel a particularly strong desire to help young students find their way in what can be a difficult and competitive world.
As a pianist, I currently work as a teacher, accompanist and vocal coach. I deeply enjoy collaborative work and love providing my students the opportunity to discover the thrill and reward of accompanying and ensemble work.
I believe that every student of music deserves a teacher who not only believes in them but supports them in a positive way no matter what their goals or potential may be, but who also holds for them a high achievable standard. Several of my students have gone on to music degree programs in college and careers in music, while others have gained a gift that is theirs for life. I believe music should be available to all who have a desire for it. I look forward to sharing my love of this art form with you.
I am an active member of: Music Teacher's National Association Utah Music Teacher's Association United Federation of Music Clubs Royal Conservatory of Music programs