Voice Teacher and Soprano

Music is my passion

My passion is bringing the joy of music and the skills needed for success to people of all ages. As a Kodaly-trained teacher, I use intuitive and fun tools to teach a high level of musicianship to my students, no matter their level of experience.  I love helping students achieve their musical goals and develop themselves as performers and musicians.

One of my happiest moments as a teacher was seeing the vocal skills of one of my students catch up to her dramatic skills, so she could deliver a fantastic performance.

Born into a choral family, I was attending choir rehearsals as soon as they would let me. I sang in school and church choirs growing up, and sang my first church solo at age 3. At age 10, I started performing in musicals, and continued that throughout high school and college.  

For the past 25 years, I have sung and soloed with numerous groups, including: Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Coro Allegro in Boston; San Francisco Bach Choir, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and Goat Hall Productions. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Pacific Mozart Ensemble I performed in Carnegie Hall, singing with the ensemble and soloing as part of the celebration of 40 years of Meredith Monk’s music.  I currently sing with the award-winning women's sextet, Solstice.  In addition to Solstice’s recordings, you can hear me on AXIOS, a recording of greek hymns.

I hold a BA in French from Oberlin, an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Kodály Music Education from Holy Names University.  In 2023, I completed my  MA in Vocal Pedagogy through The Voice Study Centre and the University of Wales, Trinity St. David.  focusing on social justice pedagogies, decolonizing practices in the voice studio, and transformative research methodologies. My academic inquiry and hands-on research culminated in the development of the Transformative Teaching Model (TTM), a guide and set of tools for students and teachers who want to expand their practice to include new genres in a respectful, non-appropriative way through building relationship, context, skills and creativity. I presented about my teaching model and related research at the NATS Cal-Western Regional Conference in January 2023 and at the VASTA conference in Mexico in July of 2023. I will be speaking about both my teaching model and non-linear approaches to voice research at the International Symposium on Music Education in Helsinki, Finland in the Summer of 2024.

I served as Cantor and soprano section leader, in addition to working with their children's choirs, at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Ross, CA from 2011-2015.  

I am on the faculty of  Clock Tower Music School in San Carlos, as well as the Soprano Soloist, Section leader and Cherub Choir Director for First Congregational Church of Palo Alto.