Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello, Violin
I earned my Bachelors of Music in Instrument Music Education from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; I studied saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, violin, cello and percussion and had to accomplish the intermediate level of performance with each of them. I earned my Master of Arts in Conducting (wind and choral) from the University of Denver Lamont School Music.
I have been around bands, orchestras, and choirs all of my life. All were wonderful experiences that I cherish to this day. I have played in high school, college and adult bands, college orchestras and wind ensembles (Performing Arts Abroad, Little London Winds, and Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony). I was Principal Clarinet in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. I have also directed Jr. High bands, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, church choirs – adult and youth, Senior Chorale of the Rockies at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, and adult and youth church bell choirs.
Additionally, I have taught privately for 35 years the clarinet (my major instrument); I have studied clarinet with Ted Oien, Bil Jackson, Sergei Vassiliev, and Martin Zwick. I took lessons from Larry Teal on the saxophone at the University of Michigan I studied violin with Elizabeth A. H. Green and guitar with Dale Miller.
All of these experiences have enriched my life, and I hope in some way that I have passed on the all my students my love for music and, therefore, have also enriched their lives.