Significant teachers and mentors:
Nicole Cabell, Howard Watkins, Susan Charles, Nicholas Hutchinson, Marc Embree, and Jane Bunnell
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
My vocal/teaching technique draws mostly from the Bel Canto style emphasizing breath control/support, legato, and full body engagement. I tailor my approach to each individual according to their specific needs, interests and style of learning which most resonates with them. I believe that each genre of vocal music can be sung healthily with an understanding of pedagogy and technique. I also believe that a textural, harmonic, stylistic, and historical understanding of each individual piece aids in the development of the singer-musician and their performance. Another large piece of the puzzle as a vocalist is acting, which is another focus of mine in the development of my students as performers. As a performer myself, my repertoire includes a wide array of musical genres but my main areas of expertise are classical/opera and musical theatre.
Professional affiliations & activities:
DePaul University, Savannah Voice Festival, Musician's Club of Women Recital Series, SongFest (Los Angeles), Chicago Fringe Opera, DuPage Opera Theatre, Northwest Chicago Symphony, Metropolis Chamber Orchestra.
Interests outside of music:
I love to be adventurous in the kitchen! I love to travel and experience other cultures' way of life. I am also a certified yoga instructor.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
One of my favorite composers to sing is Benjamin Britten.