I don't think that there was a time when I didn't know what I wanted to do for a living. One of my earliest memories is marching around my house, singing "Tomorrow" and "Maybe" from Annie in my scratchy, four-year-old voice on repeat and driving my older brother crazy. I had other interests as I got older, but nothing ever came close to eclipsing my love to singing.
I began voice lessons at eight, took part in all of the school musicals and choirs, attended Kenyon College for undergrad, and then received a Master in Music with a vocal performance concentration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. During my second year in graduate school, I took a job as a music teacher in a private elementary school. I did it to make some extra money, having no idea how much I was going to fall in love with teaching. But at twenty-four, I realized that teaching music was just as enjoyable to me as making music. Thus began my career. I taught for six years in the school system in conjunction with private teaching, and then went fully independent with my studio in order to give it the time that it needed. In addition to private teaching, I perform and musically direct shows.
Private teaching, to me, is part imparting knowledge, part friendship, part psychology, and part partnership. The collaborative relationship between teacher and student is imperative for the student's musical development.
Besides singing, I love spending time with my family. My son, Reed, is ten, and my daughter, Elle, is seven. We make lots of trips up to Oregon to visit grandparents! Our fur baby is a husky named Lucia whom we dote on endlessly. My other passion is long-distance running. I incorporate breathing for running and breathing for meditation into my singing practice and talk to my students about this.
I look forward to getting to know you as a person and as a singer!