M.M., Catholic University, Flute Performance
B.M. (Music Education) and Performance Certificate, SUNY Postdam, Crane School of Music
The flute: a melody instrument found in the oldest of caves and still being perfected today. It attracts listeners to all styles of music, from classical to folk, to jazz, and even rock. Its versatile nature makes its appeal far-reaching. I encourage my students to become well-rounded musicians, able to tackle a variety of situations with a professional level of style and ability. My studio focuses on the fundamentals that are necessary stepping stones to reach a high level of artistry that can span any musical style.
I have been teaching students of every age and every level for over 30 years. In 1996, I founded the Woodbridge Flute Choir. Under my direction, this adult flute choir played at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the National Flute Convention, and other prestigious locations in Washington, DC, setting a standard for flute choirs nationwide. While under my direction, the Woodbridge Flute Choir also recorded two commercial CDs. In 2002, I released a self-produced solo album, Tonescapes, featuring music for solo flute and flute ensembles.
I am a winner of the Crane School of Music Concerto Competition, the Bayview Music Festival Concerto Competition, and a two-time winner of the Crane School of Music Contemporary Music Competition. I was invited to solo twice with the Catholic University Chamber Winds and also performed as a soloist with the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and other professional ensembles.
While a student at Catholic University, I was a featured concerto performer in private audience to Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy.
I am a former member of the Jeffreys and Miller Latin Flute and Guitar Duo (which made two East Coast tours), the Prince George's Philharmonic, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (Alabama), and the Catholic University Summer Opera Festival Orchestra. Additional concerts have included ensemble performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, among others.
In 2000 I was selected to play in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Convention in Columbus, OH. From 2000 to 2002, I served as president of the Washington Flute Society and was the local arrangements chair for the 2002 National Flute Convention in Washington, DC. At this same convention, I premiered Baikal Journey by Catherine McMichael and led a flute choir reading session involving about 100 performers.
In 2002, I moved to New England to raise my son closer to family and focus on teaching. As a Boston performer, I have recorded at WGBH's Fraser Studio and performed at the Longfellow House, the Arlington Street Church, Greeley Park (Nashua, NH) and others.
Currently, I am a member of the Open Aire Ensemble (with flutist Marjorie Bollinger Hogan and pianist Molly Lozeau) which presents contemporary music by living composers. Additionally, I teach and maintain a studio in Pepperell, MA for students age 12 to adult and I give masterclasses to local ensembles.
When not teaching, I can be found in my garden or at the horse barn where I further my love of rhythm and balance through the sport of dressage.