Growing up I followed my mother to her choir practices at church, and by the age of five joined the choir and was singing there regularly both solo and with the ensemble. Since then singing is what I have always loved to do, and the rush I get from being up in front of people is just so exciting. From there I started singing in choir throughout all of junior high and high school. Aside from choir I was in musicals such as “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” My senior year I was the assistant director to my music teacher, and after running rehearsals and conducting a few performances I was hooked and knew that music was the direction I wanted to take in college and for the rest of my life.
I attended Central Michigan University originally as a Music Education major, and after a couple years switched to the Bachelors of Music degree which was a more performance heavy degree. Over the years at CMU I developed both my own vocal abilities studying with Cora Enman and Oliver Henderson. I have taught music in after school programs and private lessons that I did around my classes. While my degree was primarily focused in classical music, I was also heavily involved in a co-ed a cappella group, Central Harmony, which I directed, arranged music for, and sang in to add some variety to the music I was involved in. I have performed in the chorus of several operas including Don Giovanni, La Boheme, and Il Barbiere di Sivilia. Lead roles throughout my undergrad include Kate from Pirates of Penzance, Quickly from Verdi’s Falstaff, Nettie Fowler from Carousel, and Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro. Since graduating, I have moved to Ann Arbor to continue in my own performing/studying while also doing some of my own instructing. I am currently studying with Freda Herseth from the University of Michigan, and since moving have been singing with the Comic Opera Guild and UMS Choral Union.
I believe that in order to be a successful musician, one must be versatile, not only in a large range of repertoire, but also in the ability of doing and instructing. While I am addicted to being on stage and learning new roles and music, I also love sharing these abilities with students and inspiring them to better themselves not only as musicians but as people. Music has and always will be my passion, and as an instructor I hope to be able to help create that passion in students.