Bachelor of Music in Voice, University of Washington Master of Music in Voice, University of Washington
2009 - Sang role of Tolomeo from La Dori, opera by Cesti, with Continuo Ensemble, Seattle
1994 - Soloist, Knoxville by Samuel Barber, with Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Lauren Anderson, conductor. Presented at Western Oregon State University in Monmouth, as part of the Smith Fine Arts Series
1992 - Soloist, Bach Cantata #51, The English Church, Heidelberg, Germany. Burkhardt Link, conductor
1990 - By invitation, performed songs by American composers for The Pacific Northwest chapter of The College Music Scociety, The American Musicological Society and The Society for Ethno-Musicology, Seattle.
I am a lyric soprano, and have been performing and teaching for the past 35 years. I have performed opera, oratorio, Gilbert and Sullivan and concert repertoire. My particular interests are early music and 20th century art song. I teach at several different schools, and enjoy working with ages 13 through adult. I trained originally as a classical guitartist, and take guitar students from age 10 through adult. I also teach folk guitar. I have studied classical piano for several years and have taught a number of beginning piano students.
I've taught voice at Northwest University for the past 5 years. In 2010, I joined the faculty of the Bellevue School of Music, and last fall began teaching at the Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts in Mukilteo. I also conduct a church choir. I believe strongly that it is important for anyone who sings to study classical technique, regardless of what style of singing they wish to do. It is the best way to maximize the potential of the voice, and to keep it healthy in the long run. I enjoy teaching very much!
Guitar: For children, I begin with simple folk songs to teach them chords and strums. From there, we progress to picking patterns. For teens and adults, I use both folk songs and easy pop music. For both age groups, I encourage note reading and some classical work. For classical guitar, I use technique books by Aaron Shearer. Voice: I put a great deal of focus on breathing, open throat and support. I pick repertoire that facilitates the learning of these skills, including folk songs, musical theatre, opera and art song. I use music in English, Italian, French and German, and I incorporate the works of numerous different composers and eras. I have been strongly influenced by Lamperti technique.
In 35 years of teaching, I've learned that everyone is different, and that is how it should be! The goals of teaching are the same for each student, but the process of achieving the goals is usually tailor made for each person. I love music, and it is always thrilling for me to hear progress as the weeks go by. I enjoy teaching because I feel I am working with the students to bring something good into their lives. I have a supportive, encouraging style of teaching, because I believe that students work best when they receive positive feedback.
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