Welcome to all new and returning students!
Ithaca College is a wonderful place to make music and I'm delighted to be a part of this School!
The journey from the cattle ranch in Saskatchewan to Ithaca, New York, has been a rather unbelievable one! Somewhere along the way, thanks to the influences of the CBC and an immensely supportive family, I developed a love for music and singing. I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (University of Saskatchewan), a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance (City University of New York), a Professional Studies Diploma in singing (Mannes College of Music), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). As artists, our formal education is only one small piece of the puzzle. Every experience we have contributes to our education, and my eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, my eleven summers teaching in Spoleto, Italy, and my ongoing career as a concert, recital, and opera singer enrich my teaching every day.
I hold two ideas very strongly at the heart of my teaching philosophy. First, as singers, our most profound responsibility is communication; the word is paramount and must never be sacrificed. Second, the human voice is a neurological and organic instrument, not a mechanical one, which is made up of DNA, flesh, and blood, and, therefore, there are no two voices exactly alike. My approach to teaching is based on these ideas and each student explores their own highly individualized coordination of the word with rhythm and pitch to develop their artistry. My deepest hope is that I can help my students become fully realized artists who love and honor the music they sing.
My students 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 by opera companies including: Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Shreveport Opera, Utah Festival Opera, DiCapo Opera and Caramoor Bel Canto Artists. Next season, one alum from my studio will be making his European Opera debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin! Nothing is more exciting for me than when I get a text message or an email from a student sharing their triumphs.
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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.