About Me

   Piano, Vocals, Teacher, Performer, Accompanist, 
      Sing-a-Longs, Music Director, Vocal Coach 

 I have been entertaining audiences and instructing students in the Bay Area for over 30 years as a piano and voice teacher, choir director, actress, theatre producer, composer and arranger. 

 A native of Russell, Kentucky, I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.M.E. degree in voice and piano. I am a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California.  I serve as President of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation and was given the Jefferson Award in 2014 for keeping music in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. I am the Music/Choir Director and Accompanist for Lake Merritt United Methodist Church/Oakland and Colloborative Accompanist for Vallejo Choral Society/Vallejo and various other choral groups.. I had the distinct honor of accompanying College Park High School - Pleasant Hill, at Carnegie Hall June 2019.

 

My main objective is to teach, encourage and ensure that my students are learning at their own pace.  I am an energetic Teacher - my classes are always informative and lively - and I always use a positive approach!  We have Winter and Spring recitals, and during the summer we compose for September's "Young Composers' Concert.

Music changes our lives.  Studies have shown that music stimulates the brain and reduces stress.  It connects us all together and I'm grateful I'm part of that connection.

   Piano Solo Performance: 

                           The Cat and the Mouse by Aaron Copland                          

Piano Accompaniment for Solo and Choir:   

Via Dolorosa by B. Sprague and N. Borop

Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme arr. D. Patriquin

More examples of my vocal and piano solo performance are under 'Hire Me'. 

 "I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance".  e. e. cummings