Welcome to all new and returning students!
I joined the Ithaca College faculty in the fall of 2006 and am pleased to be a part of this wonderful faculty.
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, where, with the influence of the CBC and an immensely supportive family, I developed a love for classical vocal music. I studied music at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in performance with Great Distinction. In the fall of 1996, continued studies and professional aspirations brought me from Saskatchewan to New York City, where I earned a Professional Studies Diploma in singing from Mannes College of Music and a Masters Degree in performance from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, The City University of New York. In December, 2008, I completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Students from our studio have been accepted for graduate studies in vocal performance at Eastman School of Music, University of Maryland, Manhattan School of Music, McGill University, Northwestern University, Mannes College of Music, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory, and University of Michigan. Additionally, current students and alumni were hired as young artists by various opera companies including: Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera (now Opera Saratoga), Sarasota Opera, Shreveport Opera, Utah Festival Opera, DiCapo Opera, and Caramoor Bel Canto Artists.
Primarily a recitalist, I have presented solo recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. In January, 2012, I sang my first Winterreise in three locations: Ithaca College, East Stroudsburg University and Queens College (City University of New York). In May, 2012, I gave a recital of American music at Rathaus Schöneberg in Berlin, Germany. Among the operatic roles I have performed, my favorites are: Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Schaunard (La Bohème). I sang in the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera for eight seasons and I have appeared as a soloist in many notable venues, including Avery Fisher Hall, The Music Center at Strathmore, Merkin Hall, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June of 2012, I traveled to Berlin, Germany with School of Music Professor Diane Birr to teach and perform. Read more about the trip here.
My love of performing is equaled only by my love for teaching singing, and I have presented master classes in the United States, Canada and Europe. Most recently, I served as clinician and adjudicator in Calgary, Canada, where I have also taught as a guest artist at the University of Calgary and at Mount Royal College. I have also served similarly at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. For 11 summers, I traveled to Spoleto, Italy, where I taught voice at the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, an international institute for vocal studies and opera performance.
My singing can be heard on two recordings, Rossini in Venice (Albany Records) and Soldier Stories (Mulatta Records), and I have been a featured soloist on National Public Radio.
My goal for my performance career has always been to make great music with great musicians, and I have had the great fortune of working with some of the greatest conductors in opera, including James Levine, Valerey Gerghiev, and Jane Glover, to name a few.
I am available for consultation lessons for students interested in attending Ithaca College. You may arrange this consultation lesson by emailing me or calling my studio telephone number. I look forward to starting work with everyone. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.