Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I continue to work professionally as a collaborative pianist and church musician. I'm active in various LinkedIn groups to keep abreast of new ideas. I'm also active in the NATS organization as both a voice teacher and collaborative pianist. I enjoy keeping up with several blogs of internationally renowned voice teacher colleagues for any new concepts or teaching theories.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. I charge $50 an hour, $40 for 45 minutes, and $30 for half hour lessons.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I was destined to be a musician from birth. My parents were both classically trained pianists and played two-piano arrangements around the state. In an opera rehearsal when I was assisting the conductor in the pit I realized that I could Not NOT do music for my life! It is a difficult career but so rewarding and FUN!
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. I take a student where he is and help him to improve and move forward. We prepare for upcoming performances and auditions, concentrating the most appropriate repertoire for each situation. This is true for piano and voice.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. Last May I was one of three vocal coaches and pianists working at the Harrower Opera Festival at Georgia State University in Atlanta. We presented two productions in
three weeks: The Tales of Hoffmann and Street Scene. It is a program for young singers wanting experience in opera. I'll be returning 2014 for the upcoming season.
In September ,2014, I was in the HFAC production of NUNSENSE. I played piano in the onstage band and was Sister Lucy!! Much fun.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. Music as a profession requires great commitment and time. It is important to "hone your craft" and not just take for granted that talent will always win out. There are many talented people who have fallen by the wayside because someone less talented worked harder and put in the necessary time to ensure success.