Originally from the Chicago area, I spent my adolescence engrossed in music with formal training in piano and mallet percussion. I began singing in choirs at age nine and participated in a multitude of musical endeavors, including a hand bell choir and school musicals. After moving to Northern California in junior high I met several wonderful music teachers who helped me discover my passion for singing, particularly jazz. As a graduate of Enterprise High School I was an active member of many award-winning ensembles throughout my four years, including Starship, the vocal jazz choir "TBA", percussion ensemble and Victorian Carolers. I was the honored recipient of numerous awards, including being a member of the 2003 Downbeat Magazine Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the Year and being recognized as an Outstanding Soloist at the Folsom Jazz Festival.
After graduating high school I went on to study at Shasta College where I was a proud member of the Community Chorale, the vocal jazz ensemble and the Shasta Symphony. I was featured as a soloist with the Chorale (Coffee Cantata) and served as student leader in the jazz choir, conducting sectional rehearsals and arranging several songs debuted on the Shasta College stage. I founded and co-directed an on-campus A Cappella group and had several lead and minor roles in the Opera Workshop (Die Fledermaus, Tales of Hoffmann, The Marriage of Figaro).
I auditioned and was accepted to the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and studied classical voice with Elizabeth Norman. After two years I moved back to Northern California to start a family. After having two beautiful children, I studied privately with operatic soprano Gwen Curatilo. I was cast as Mrs. Claus in A Cascade Christmas and enjoyed portraying the role for the following five years. I was hired to direct the South Shasta County Children's Chorus and served as director for four years while slowly transitioning into the realm of theatre direction. I was honored to be music director for several spring productions with SSCCC and Anderson High School (Beauty and the Beast Jr., Annie Jr. [ensemble vocals], Freaky Friday) and was Artistic director for the organization's final production in 2019 (James and the Giant Peach Jr.).
The last several years have taken me deep into the world of theatre and I have worn many different hats. With Axiom Repertory Theatre I have been honored to be Costume Designer (Cabaret, Next to Normal, The Rocky Horror Show, Small Mouth Sounds) and Vocal director (Newsies, Next to Normal [Assistant vocal director]). I was also an inaugural member of Axiom Children's Theatre where I've served as Music Director (Aladdin Jr.) and Director (Willy Wonka Jr.). I've been on stage with A.R.T. as well, twice performing in their annual show The Bucket List, and recently had the pleasure of performing the role of Lady of the Lake in Spamalot in the spring of 2020.
With the Cascade Theatre I was the Ensemble Vocal Director for their 2016 production of Tarzan, for which I composed an original percussion piece performed in the show. Most recently I was Music Director for the smash hit Mamma Mia and was scheduled to revisit that position for their summer production of The Wedding Singer in the summer of 2020, which regrettably had to be cancelled due to restrictions on public gatherings.
In addition to being an active member of the local theatre community I am actively pursuing professional development opportunities. I have attended the professional development program for the Junior Theatre Festival West by iTheatrics and will be participating in the Broadway Teachers Workshop this summer. I am currently continuing to pursue my degree in music performance and education, teaching Drama and Choir at Cottonwood Creek Charter School, and running my rapidly growing private studio. I am very excited to be launching a series of ensembles and performance workshops, including a Children's Chorus and a high school A Cappella choir.
I hold a deep belief that music and theatre education are an intrinsic part of developing confidence and creativity. My favorite part of my job is seeing the growth in my students and being part of their journey, even in a very small way. I pride myself on being a collaborative member of the musical community and have been so honored to work with and learn from a multitude of local professionals. The future is bright and I am excited to be part of yours.