1989 ~ Master of Music Degree in piano performance, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor
1987 ~ Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance, University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Stockton
San Domenico School Conservatory faculty, piano and music theory ~ 1989-1998
University of the Pacific, adjunct piano instructor ~ 1990-1991
Sonoma Country Day School, piano instructor ~ 2004-2006
Santa Rosa Junior College, adjunct piano instructor ~ 1994-present
I am a lifelong resident of Sonoma County. I am happily married and have one beautiful daughter. I enjoy performing throughout the community, especially in collaboration with other local musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony. My other interests include hiking, biking, photography, cooking, paper crafting and knitting.
Professional Involvement and Community Service:
Music Teachers National Association
1995 Van Cliburn Piano Institute for Teachers, TCU, Fortworth
Yamaha Summer Technology Seminars
California Governor's Inaugural Reception
Santa Rosa Symphony Benefit Concerts
Soloist, Baroque Sinfonia Orchestra
"Music is the Universal Language of Mankind."
"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into inward places of the soul."
~Plato, The Republic, Book 111
My teaching philosophy is to take the student from existing interest to a wider range of possibilities, ultimately heading them in whatever direction their musical interest takes them. With dedication, patience, gentle guidance and support of daily practice, the musical endeavor should be a fun and invaluable experience. The end result is the achievement of a special skill that the student can appreciate, share and enjoy for a lifetime.