What or who inspired you to start your own business?
I have loved music my whole life, but I have to say my pre-college teacher, Ruby Morton, was my inspiration. She was such a wonderful and encouraging teacher and she showed such pride in what her students accomplished. She loved teaching many different styles and seemed to love all of it equally. My inspiration for the harp came actually from Harpo Marx. Seeing him play that beautiful harp was like magic to me as a child, and I always dreamed of playing the harp. I had to wait well into my adulthood to get an instrument to learn on, and it was actually built by my father. It is a difficult instrument, but at the same time, a relaxing instrument as well. I became a student again when I began learning it, which I think has made me a better teacher as well.
Describe your most memorable project.
Quite a few years ago, I got a call from a friend asking me to play for the first presidential fundraising event for then governor Bill Clinton. Peggy Pearson and I do two-piano programs, and they wanted us to play for that event. It worked out beautifully, and we had such fun playing for the future president. A lot of money was raised that night, and I will never forget that experience.