Post Graduate Diploma: The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam
MM: Longy School of Music of Bard College
DMA: Boston University
In the 4th grade, I fell in love with the chocolaty sound of the clarinet! Performing on this instrument as a soloist, in chamber music or in an orchestra is one of the most joyful things I can imagine doing. As I teach, I hope to transfer this passion for music to my students.
I served as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for four years directly after my studies at Manhattan School of Music. After relocating to the Netherlands, I performed extensively throughout Holland with Trio Aleotti and the Kurios Klarinet Kwartet
While in the Netherlands, I combined music making with innovative approaches to excellent business practices and created "MusicaLeren" with my husband, Peter. These highly effective workshops used professional chamber music ensembles as metaphors for learning organizations and self-organizing teams. Management teams and other non-traditional audiences were introduced to the skill sets, disciplines and rigor required to create outstanding classical music performances.
I returned to New England in 2008, and am currently a resident of Wilmington, MA. I perform and teach throughout New England, serving as clarinetist for the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Virtuosi. I also perform regularly with the Cape Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra,
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, the Chatham Chorale, the Worcester Chorus and Gloriae Dei Cantores Orchestra. Chamber music groups include the Stephen Bates Quartet https://www.thestephenbatesquartet.com/ and the Decompression Trio.
My research for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Boston University focused on a newly discovered Concerto for Clarinets, (for Eb, Bb, A and bass clarinets) by WWII era Dutch composer, Géza Frid.
In addition to teaching clarinet at St. Anselm College, I teach enthusiastic clarinetists at Community Music Center of Boston, Nashua Community Music School, and at my private clarinet studio in Wilmington, MA. My students range in age from 6 to 75!