I fell in love with music at an age too young to remember. Having a fairly mobile childhood (my family moved around a lot), it was singing and songwriting that kept me confident and grounded. Even by age ten, while putting on one-woman shows of The Little Mermaid for family and friends, belting out alt-rock tunes around the house, and writing my own original music at the piano, I was geared and ready to go for a creative future.
Living in Pittsburgh during my early high school years, I learned immensely about the power of singing through the musical tradition of Jazz. I was honored (and quite nervous!) to have occasionally been invited to “sit-in” and perform a song or two on stage with some of the area’s finest musicians. They told me stories about when they were young, aspiring musicians just like me and encouraged me to keep loving and learning about music. This was my first music education – in the field.
Around that time, I reinvigorated my piano study, which I had begun at age eight, and began my first private voice lessons. It was these lessons that inspired me to pursue my passion at an advanced level, enrolling at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance a couple years later. There, I was blessed to study with some of the country’s best vocal pedagogues who taught me the nuance of phrasing, breath control, and expression, as well as how to understand the colors of my voice. These professionals helped me translate my musical ambition into tangible and powerful growth, exactly what I strive to accomplish with my own students today.
While my degree focus was a Bachelors in Jazz Voice, my personal musical projects have always spanned my affinity for all genres of music including jazz, musical theater, pop, opera, rock, and electronic. I even occasionally sing and compose music for dancers! I have performed and premiered original work at all kinds of venues - jazz clubs, large rock halls, music festivals, New Music concerts – and have toured the Midwest and Eastcoast with notable performances in New York City and beyond. Locally, recent performances have included those at The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Power Center for Performing Arts, Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize, and more.
For almost four years I have been teaching students of all ages in private lessons, group classes, and workshops. Last March, I was humbled to be invited as a Guest Artist to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where I worked with collegiate level students on various repertoires.
It so excites me to see that sparkle in a student’s eye when he or she understands a new concept, theory, or technique. To see my students’ musical curiosities shine and grow on a weekly basis inspires me and reminds me just how profound an experience music-making can be.
Through exploring the material that interests my students, I seek to work towards each technical, artistic, and personal growth and the success of all their future musical goals!