If children form their first language skills by what they are most exposed to before they are five years old, then music is my first language. There has never been a time when it was not my constant companion, and the thrill of standing on stage in front of an audience is indescribable.
I began my musical education well before I can remember, at the young age of three, which is only natural when one’s mother is a music teacher. My first instruments were the violin and my voice, and though I ventured variously into string bass, guitar, and piano, nothing else held my attention for very long until I added the viola in high school. My activities in and out of school included district, community, and All-State Orchestra, choirs and small ensembles. I didn’t have a job while I was in high school, because I had no time for one between all of my rehearsals and performances. I loved it.
I was privileged to study privately for many years with two members of the Utah Symphony, Jack Ashton and Roberta Zalkind. I majored in Music Performance at the University of Utah, with emphasis on both viola and voice. Unfortunately, a bout with carpal tunnel syndrome prevented me from finishing my degree, and I moved out of state soon after. I didn’t begin performing professionally again until I relocated to Seattle in 2002.
The music community in Seattle has afforded me many valuable opportunities. I have soloed with a community orchestra and a small choir, done studio work for various CD projects, composed and co-arranged instrumental parts, and performed with a number of highly-talented musicians. I am a member of groups on both ends of the musical spectrum: the Medieval Women’s Choir and local folk-rock band Bone Poets Orchestra, and sometimes get to play back-up instrumentals (and occasionally vocals) for local and international folk & filk favorites Vixy and Tony.
When I’m not immersed in the world of music, I can usually be found spending my free time cooking or hanging out with friends near my home in downtown Seattle, and I enjoy my non-musical career as a 911 Dispatcher in the south King County area.