about me…

Currently living in Stoughton, Massachusetts, I provide instruction in voice and piano from my private studio here in town, while also working as a Music Director for Wellesley Theater Project and repertoire coach at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

Additionally, I stay involved in the local community by serving on the Stoughton Cultural Council and as organist for the First United Methodist Church.

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I previously spent thirteen years in Bloomington, Indiana, where I attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a piano performance major in the studio of Edmund Battersby.  I also studied conducting, privately, with the late Thomas Dunn.

I took the “scenic route” to graduation, completing my B.A. in Music in the spring of 2007.  My husband, Alexander, then decided stay at IU to pursue his Ph.D. — which meant I got to continue being a part of Bloomington’s incredible performing arts community.

During that time, in addition to accompanying music students in every studio I could, I was engaged to collaborate on a variety of classes — including the Musical Theatre Workshop in the Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance, taught by Tony-nominated choreographer George Pinney; Sylvia McNair’s Undergraduate Opera Workshop; and IU Ballet Theatre’s production of Who Cares?, under the guest direction of Balanchine protegé Merrill Ashley.   I also had the privilege of conducting a portion of renowned soprano Carol Vaness’s Graduate Opera Workshop.

Off-campus, I stayed busy as a music-director-for-hire, collaborating with a wide range of organizations, such as Cardinal Stage Company, Stages Bloomington, Bloomington Music Works, Brown County Playhouse, Monroe County Civic Theater, and the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP).

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It was at the BPP that I had the unique opportunity to participate in the development of new musicals.  I was also a key player in the BPP’s educational programs, leading its summer musical day-camp — the Youth Musical Theater Ensemble — for six years.  And, in September of 2013, the BPP honored me with their Arts Educator of the Year Award.

For a couple of years, I tried my hand at putting on shows under my own name.  This resulted in fully staged productions of Kurt Weill’s chamber opera, Down in the Valley; new musicals VOTE! (which appeared at the NYFringe Festival later that year) and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (or at least the Greater Los Angeles area); as well as cabaret-style performances of Kooman & Dimond’s Homemade Fusion and Pasek & Paul’s Edges.

I then put my producing experience to work as a board member for Monroe County Civic Theater, Bloomington’s only all-volunteer, amateur theatre troupe.  Serving for two-and-a-half years — first as Treasurer, then President — I did some of my most meaningful work with this group of dedicated theatre-lovers, resulting in successful productions of WorkingUrinetown, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was done outdoors as part of MCCT’s annual Shakespeare in the Park.  In the summer of 2014, to celebrate Shakespeare in the Park’s 25th anniversary, I organized and led a week-long festival during which over a hundred local volunteers gathered to read the complete plays of Shakespeare in just eight days.

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