Owner, Piano, Voice
I grew up in northern Maine and began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 (after begging for a piano since I could talk). I started teaching piano and dance lessons in my town when I was 15 years old and performed in my first musical theatre production at the age of 12.
I received my B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University where I performed in many diverse projects such as mystery dinner theater, opera, stage, and films. While at FSU, I had the great privilege of studying with the legendary director Jose Quintero among other professionals from New York and Los Angeles.
I continued my studies at Emerson College where I earned an M.A. in Theatre Education in 2002. At Emerson, I specialized in playmaking for young people and self-scripting. My thesis project was a self-scripted piece that was workshopped with Whoopi Goldberg.
I play piano, flute, bells, and xylophone in addition to singing various styles from classical to pop. I have directed, musical directed, and choreographed several productions for both children and adults.
I have an extensive performance history, having appeared in productions from Maine to Florida. My favorite roles include June in "Gypsy," and Sister Mary Leo in "Nunsense II."
My first CD titled “In My Dreams” was released in 2004.
I particularly enjoy teaching piano to young beginners as well as providing coaching to musical theatre students of all ages.
Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums
I was born and raised in Lowell, MA. At an early age, I showed an interest in music, particularly Big Band (Swing), 1950s Rock n’ Roll and 1960s Soul. When I was around 5 or 6 years old, I asked my parents for guitar lessons (so I could play Elvis songs). I began guitar classes with a local Jazz musician and also developed an interest in drums.
By the time I was in junior high, I was playing guitar, bass, and studying drums with a professional percussionist.
During high school at Bishop Guertin, I was a member of the Concert, Marching, and Jazz Bands. For my dedication and enthusiasm, I was presented with the “Green and Gold Award” which represented the highest achievement in participation and performance. It was during this time that I had the honor to meet and talk with my drum hero, Buddy Rich.
After high school, I began music studies at the University of Lowell and Northern Essex Community College.
At that juncture of my life, I was craving more music knowledge and experience than traditional schooling could offer. I joined many bands, performed, traveled and gathered as much music information my brain could store.
I was lucky enough to meet and even share the stage with some of my music idols. It was during these talks I would often ask for advice or a demonstration of a particular lick or technique (don’t forget YouTube didn’t exist then!). It was a humbling experience just to be in the presence of these amazing musicians (Brian Setzer, Larry Coryell, Dick Dale, Johnny Cash, B.B. King…just to name a few).
Over the next many years of my life, I studied and performed intensely in the genres I specialize in (Jazz, Blues, Rockabilly, and Surf). Several artists have made use of my strong songwriting, composing and arranging abilities.
I recently released a CD of my original tunes on which I played guitar, electric bass, and drums on all tracks.