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Doctoral Degree: The University of Texas at Austin, Master Degree: Roosevelt University, Bachelor Degree: Wheaton College
2020-2021 - Adjunct Music Faculty - Valencia College (FL)
2017-2020 - Assistant Professor of Music - Valdosta State University (GA)
2016-2017 - Visiting Assistant Professor of Music - Valdosta State University (GA)
2014-2016 - Visiting Assistant Professor of Music - Northeastern State University (OK)
2013-2014 - Adjunct Professor of Music - San Jacinto College (TX)
I am a hard-working, flexible teacher who loves working with students from beginners just figuring out how to match pitch to advanced students preparing for a professional career. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts from UT Austin in 2013, and spent 2014-2020 teaching full time voice on the university level at Northeastern State University (OK) and then Valdosta State University (GA). I pride myself in my ability to work with any student to help them discover their voices, give them tools to be better musicians and singers, and most of all, guide them on the path of growing to be better people and members of their community. Much of this comes from applied lessons and the studio. It also comes from watching me perform. I am known for my clear, vibrant sound, and flexibility within diverse styles from solo operatic roles to oratorio, chamber, and contemporary repertoire. Some of my recent performances include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Valdosta State University Opera, staged excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss), Southeastern premieres of music by John Moody, Emma Lou Diemer, Stefania De Kenessey, and more, and chamber music by Bellini, Mahler, Brahms, and Ravel. My current research focuses on twenty-first century North American art songs by women composers, particularly art songs for the young singer age 16-20. I have presented on and performed this music at the 2019 and 2020 Music by Women Festivals, the 2019 and 2021 SERNATS Conference, the 2019 Georgia NATS Conference, and virtually at the NATS 2020 National Conference. I have soloed with the Houston Chamber Choir, Conspirare Chamber of Voices, Conspirare Symphonic Choir and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Early Music Project. I can also be heard commercially with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus on the CSO Resound label and on other recordings with the Houston Chamber Choir, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and the William Ferris Chorale. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Music at Valdosta State University (GA), I am now a private instructor and freelancer in the Orlando area. I teach part time at Valencia College and was the 2020-2021 Chorus/Keyboard Teacher at David C. Hinson Middle School.
I have been teaching applied lessons since 2006, when I began teaching high school students in IL. Since then, I have taught students from middle schoolers to retirees, from beginning students learning to match pitch to advanced students taking professional auditions and winning national awards. I taught high school applied lessons from 2006-2014 in IL and TX. In 2014, I moved to OK, where I began teaching full time on the college level as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. In 2016, I relocated to Valdosta, GA, where I stayed for four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor and then as an Assistant Professor of Music. I relocated in 2020 for family reasons to the Orlando area, where I teach part time at Valencia College. During these past number of years, I have learned that teaching students and learning music is fun. It also takes hard work, consistency, and willingness to persevere. My goal as a teacher is to build students who are great singers and musicians, but who most of all are better people able to immediately help their communities and those around them.
I strongly believe that everyone can learn to sing as long as they desire to learn and are willing to practice. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities, and pride myself on being able to teach pretty much anyone and everyone. I begin all students with the same fundamentals: a healthy, natural, honest voice centered on the breath and not forced into any specific mold. This healthy base enables my students to sing a wide variety of genres and styles from classical, opera, musical theatre, jazz, rock, pop, country, and more. Depending on student goals, I vary the music choices from classical to modern and introduce appropriate solo repertoire that the student enjoys. Singing is first and foremost fun, and lessons should be that way too!
I love working with students of all ages and skill levels, and one of my biggest rewards as a teacher is seeing students improve and love music more and more each week. I work with students to develop their own unique goals for their lessons. Some students are putting together a full recital or prepping for auditions. Other students are just figuring out how to breathe and match pitch! I find that goal-setting helps build student excitement and a growing passion for music from many different genres. My students enjoy performing in a multitude of settings, sometimes in choirs, sometimes as a soloist, sometimes in a band or chamber ensemble. My goal as a teacher is to instill my students with a love of singing, a love of music, and a love of life-long discovery and learning.
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