I was born in Louisiana and grew up in Wilmington, NC. For many years I taught middle school performing arts at Carolina Day and, before that, musical theater at The Boston Conservatory. I have coached and accompanied singers for the Boston Pops, The New School of Music, the American Repertory Theater Institute, and the Opera Laboratory Theater Company.
At Brandeis University, I taught in the graduate Drama program. My musical direction credits include five years with Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals where I was the first woman conductor in 150 years! I worked with young performing artists at the New School of Music in Cambridge, MA, Brookline High School, and in my private piano studio in Boston.
My BA from St. John’s College is equivalent to a double major in philosophy and math with a minor in physics, but I have been a working musician since the age of 16. I studied piano in Juilliard’s first distance-learning program.
Ella Fitzgerald is my favorite recording artist; my favorite music genre is 70s funk.
A particular passion of mine is volunteering for Girls Rock Asheville, an empowerment/music education nonprofit where girls and trans and non-binary youth form bands, learn an instrument, participate in social justice workshops, and write their own songs to perform at the end of the week. I sing and play rock, pop, and jazz piano locally at clubs and events with my wife, Nancy, and my sister, Kim, in our band, Honey. When I’m not making music with Hanger Hall students, I love to garden, dance, and play with Joni Mitchell Asch-Heinberg, our singing cat.