I recently returned to New York after retiring as Asst. Professor of Music at Old Dominion University. There I taught orchestra, violin, string methods, and coordinated the chamber music program. Honored to be the recipient of the 2007 Virginia String Teacher of the Year from Virginia American String Teachers Association (VASTA), I regularly conduct and adjudicate school orchestra and solo festivals in the country, including NYSSMA. As an orchestra director in Texas and New York for many years, my ensembles and students always received top awards at UIL and NYSSMA events.
I have enjoyed extensive experience as a violinist, violist, and chamber musician: as former member of the Dallas Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Albany Symphony Orchestra, St. Cecilia Orchestra, Lake George Opera Festival Orchestra, and appearing as soloist with numerous other orchestras. I am also the founder and former music director of the Saratoga Chamber Players here in New York.
For many summers I enjoyed training and assisting other teachers become better educators as Director of the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop at the University of Illinois. Currently I serve as a Mentor in the Certification Program.
My bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in violin performance from West Virginia University and the University of Illinois and my doctorate is in orchestral conducting from the University of South Carolina.
Outside of music, I love spending time with my 4 grandchildren, taking care of my dog Gracie, and spending time outdoors hiking and biking. But mostly I love sharing my joy for music and watching students get excited and cherishing their accomplishments. Music definitely feeds the soul!