My musical background
I am a folksinger, choral singer, guitar player, pianist and music educator. When I first came to Washington in the mid-1970's as an unemployed English major, I sang in bars and nightclubs, and eventually at The Barns at Wolf Trap and the Birchmere. After a stint on Capitol Hill, a marriage, and two children, I acquired a masters in music from Catholic University. I took formal voice training there and have continued over the years with private lessons so that I could teach my students to sing beautifully and freely. I have sung in choruses on and off for my whole life - in the Washington area with Masterworks Chorus and Cantate Chamber Singers.
My professional experience
I taught choral and general music at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland for 23 years, also serving as chair of the Music Department. My choirs were invited to perform over the years at many state, regional and national music conferences. Locally, we performed at the Kennedy Center and the Washington National Cathedral. Along the way, I became particularly interested in choral music as a powerful community builder. I organized a Holton community chorus for all ages to commemorate the start of each school year. I received a grant to travel to Ghana to study the traditional, community oriented music that is a vital part of village life there, and I brought my experience back to the classroom and chorus - culminating in a performance of Ghanaian singing, dancing, and drumming in Providence, Rhode Island, for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association Conference. As a strong supporter of global education for students, I collaborated on high school choral trips to Australia, Italy, and Prague/Budapest/Vienna. I have presented widely at conferences to provide professional development to other music teachers.