Significant teachers and mentors:
Susanne Mentzer, Jane Bunnell, Theresa Brancaccio, Karen Brunssen, Maria Lagios, Peter Amster, Harry Silverstein and Michael Ehrman
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I am well versed as a classical voice teacher as well as a musical theatre (CCM) voice teacher. My feeling towards teaching is that this is a collaboration. I'm giving you the tools to work with your voice. I can't get into your head and know exactly how you are feeling what we are doing. We have to work together. I use a very full bodied approach (Alexander Technique centered). I want the student to understand why they are doing the things that they do.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Musical Theatre vocal instructor for the Chicago High School for the Arts
Teaching Artist for Lyric Opera Chicago and Music of the Baroque
Adjunct Faculty - DePaul School of Music
Former stage and voice director of the Opera Musical Theatre Ensemble at Merit School of Music
Former Director of Musical Theatre Experience and Chicago Opera Theater for Teens with After School Matters
Member of NATS and AGMA
Interests outside of music:
All things food (cooking, baking, eating), swimming, writing, hiking. Outside of being a voice teacher, I am also a stage director.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Kurt Weill, Erik Satie and Leonard Bernstein