- Teaching Artistry 101
- Diploma, Boston Conservatory of Music
- Elementary I Teaching Certificate, The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
What is your hometown?
What are you passionate about outside of music?
My family, cooking, and reading.
Who were your major teachers?
John Moriarty and Grace Hunter, both at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
I wish students asked themselves about the true joys of their music, their daily lives, their relationships, and most importantly, what they do when they have no obligation to do it. I think this would open up the many ways to "be a musician" and that just as individuals have a particular sound, they have a particular way to make and share their music that may not involve symphony halls. If they were to ask themselves this early in their training, they may not feel the extreme pressure to pursue only one narrow definition of being a successful musician.
What was a turning point in your career?
When I was a young singer living in NYC, a friend of mine said to me, "I don't think you actually want to be a singer." I protested because I had spent so much time and effort to that end, but then it occurred to me that I loved singing, but I didn't want to do it as my profession. I found ways to stay "next to it" without actually singing professionally.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
It's hard to envision any life where I wasn't a teacher. I'm sort of a compulsive instructor, but I'm very nice about it. Maybe I could have become an academic doing research in the social sciences, which fascinate me.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Mozart, Brahms, and Puccini.
What are your most important collaborations?
Every time I start a new semester or year, I start a collaboration with the students who have chosen to take that course. I tailor the content and goals to the needs and desires of the class and these have been some of the most satisfying collaborations of my life.