My love of music came to me through my mother’s love of the performing arts. Although she never played a musical instrument, she was determined to give her two daughters piano lessons, and every other lesson known to man, including baton lessons! By the age of 5, I was studying piano and singing in the choir and I never stopped! My mother also made sure that we saw every musical and ballet that came through my hometown of Chicago. And in those days, the touring productions traveled with the original Broadway stars such as Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. Needless to say, I was enthralled with these productions and my love of performing grew. By the time I reached high school, I was still studying piano and had added on voice lessons. I auditioned and performed in every musical opportunity I could find. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, therefore, when I announced I wanted to major in music in college, but it still was. To my parent’s credit, they adapted quickly and I earned a bachelor of music and a master of music in short succession, although my performing focus had now switched to opera. I entered college thoroughly entranced by musical theater, but quickly came to realize that my voice actually led me towards opera instead and the passion for classical music quickly followed. Although I had narrowed my major to vocal performance, the years of piano lessons continued to be a valuable asset in learning music quickly as well as making my way through difficult music theory and history classes. I came to the east coast after receiving my master’s degree in vocal performance to participate in several prestigious young artist training programs, after which I moved to New York City. I have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and my Master’s Degree for the same from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. I also attended The Opera Institute at Boston University which is a postgraduate operatic training program. I started teaching piano and voice when I was still in college and have continued to do so at various schools and privately. Although I still perform regularly, I will always continue to find fulfillment in teaching. I enjoy teaching a wide range of students, from ages 3.5 to 75, a wide range of musical styles. I hope to not only pass along the fundamental elements of music, such as technique, theory and pedagogy to my students, but I hope to instill in them the basic love and passion for music and performing that I was fortunate to find at a young age.