Building a Private Teaching Studio
BA, California State University, East Bay
MM, Northwestern University
West Bay Opera
Lamplighters Music Theatre
What is your hometown?
What is your favorite recording?
Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill.
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Supporting farmed animal rescues and sanctuaries, encouraging and teaching about plant-based diets and cooking.
Who were your major teachers?
Karen Brunssen, Cathy Cook, and Shigemi Matsumoto.
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
“Teach to the individual.”
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
“Where can I find out more?”
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
Listening to the arrangement of David Del Tredici's “Acrostic Song” from Final Alice by Harry Christophers' The Sixteen. For some reason, this piece touched something in me that I desperately wanted to share.
What was a turning point in your career?
In the beginning, I had a fear that if I gave my all to performing it wouldn't be enough. That thought seemed devastating, but of course, not giving my all was not enough. There was a moment when I decided specifically to see what would happen if I did give all my focus and intention over to a piece of music. It was amazing, and I'll never go back to the other way.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
I would most certainly be teaching somehow. Maybe I would be a classroom teacher in a middle school or high school; likely a choral director. That was my original intention when I started college. Then I got sidetracked by singing.
What is your daily practice routine?
I wish I could practice every day. I do the best I can to warm up with my private voice students, and when I do get to practice, I try to practice what I teach. I prefer to work a couple of shorter sessions throughout the day rather than one super long one.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Kurt Weill, Beethoven, and Mozart.
From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?
Paris, 1881 and Berlin, 1925 (Birth of cabaret and Kabarett).