Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
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. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have a unique crossover background, In having degrees and performance experience in both voice and piano. I have worked in the vocal studios of over thirty internationally known vocal teachers as an accompanist. This has given me a broad "bag of tricks" from which to draw to helps students. Furthermore I have friends across the opera world to call on for help in advancing my students' careers. My work with many opera companies also helps with this.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love people and enjoy seeing the progress a student makes as time goes by. It's very satisfying.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
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.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line 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. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
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. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
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. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I charge $50 an hour, $40 for 45 minutes, and $30 for half hour lessons.