I have a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. I studied under Janeanne Houston privately, Dr. Brian Galante and Dr. Richard Nance in University Chorale and PLU's Choir of the West. I studied opera productions under Dr. James Brown and Barry Johnson for Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Handel's Alcina, and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. I have been the musical director for 11 community productions of musical theater shows in the plateau area, and my most recent performance is in the Seattle 5th Ave Theater's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I was in an all-female a capella group for 3 years. I have taken 2 years of classes centered on the International Phonetic Alphabet in English, French, Italian, and German pronunciation. I have been teaching/coaching privately for 6 years.
2012-Pacific Lutheran University Music Scholarship 2015-Performed with Choir of the West, winning first place at Anton Bruckner Festival in Austria 2018-Invited to be in choir for production of Hunchback of Notre Dame in Seattle, WA, USA
I am a local PNW artist and educator with a passion for both classical and modern music. I believe that in order to call oneself a musician, you need to be able to appreciate all forms and sounds throughout musical history. My goal is to bring high caliber training to my area, but most importantly to foster a life long passion for music and the arts. Alongside repertoire, I also teach music theory from beginning to advanced. This includes composition, technique, sightreading, and ear training. Music illiteracy has been romanticized, and I want to see the knowledge spread like wildfire!
I started teaching privately as a student at Pacific Lutheran University. I taught a steady 4 students, while also doing coaching for the theater department when musical season came along. I have been sightreading music once before I could read English, and I am well-versed is several different sets of training booklets for piano. One of the only ways to learn music, is to have fun while doing it. I like to think my sense of humor can help dissolve tough lessons. Music is hard, and a good teacher encourages learning at all different levels and paces. That is why I sonlpve private teaching. I am very good at personalizing each lesson, to fit that particular student’s needs.
For beginning students, we start with simple scales, fingering patterns, short melodies, and based on that student’s needs and learning style, I decide which lesson plan to use (Suzuki, Hal Leonard, etc.). I use Tonal Harmony textbook excerpts to help with advanced theory lessons. More advanced singers receive more training in classical and musical theater technique. My philosophy is that every singer should be trained classically first. Early art songs and arias really help students focus on breath control, vowel shape, using their passagio, and expressive singing.
My teaching style is very much tailored to what each of my individual student’s needs. This is the glory of private lessons! We can take our time. I like to give my students a mix of my required repertoire and songs that they have passions for. This keeps me restocking and updating my library, and helps the kids to have more fun in their lessons. Sometimes doing something fun that we love can take away from the stress that learning the language of music can be. Each lesson won’t be exciting, but I always provide something fun to end on a high note (pun intended) with!