At age 5 I started playing from my sister's piano books thinking that "1" meant middle C! I also loved to sing (critical for a budding musician). Formal piano studies began at age 7.
On graduating from high school, I studied with Denis Moffat (student of Nadia Boulanger) at MBI and graduated with a degree in sacred music/piano performance. That was followed with studies at the American Conservatory of Music where I earned a degree in piano performance. Denis Moffat as well as William Browning (accompanist for notable vocalists, including Sherrill Milnes) were my teachers at the Conservatory. Harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis, and composition were taught by Stella Roberts (revered author of the Handbook for Modal Counterpoint). Conducting, accompanying, composition and hymn playing were key elements in my education as well.
Teaching has always been my passion. I've collaborated with musicians and piano teachers around the country, enriching my teaching. While maintaining a piano studio I've conducted youth and adult choirs (church and school), taught theory/music classes in private schools, been worship pianist, accompanied the choirs of the Christian Choral Society of Austin as well as middle and high school students in UIL competition.
I love what I do!