Experienced and innovative
Education · Teaching · Corporate
I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and piano performance. Prior to entering the conservatory, I studied piano for ten years through the prep department at Millikin. Post-graduate vocal studies consisted of sessions with Clare Kittner, Tim Carson, Lisa Popeil, and Dr. Ronald Combs; jazz piano with George McRae. For two years, I taught private and class voice at the Willow Creek Artz Center. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, my classes focused on newborns and toddlers. I've judged vocal, piano, and drama competitions for years and have more than twenty-five years of teaching experience. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios, I created several key roles for Hewitt Associates in college recruiting, information management, business development, and client communications.
Included here are operatic roles, oratorio and church music, solo concerts, leading contemporary worship, musical theatre roles, and jazz/cabaret vocals. I was the soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville for over twenty years and part of the vocal ministry at Willow Creek Community Church from 2001 to 2006. In 2010, I launched Sapphire Jazz, a singing duo that was well-received in the Chicago area.