I have an undergraduate degree in music, majoring in voice. I have been a performing artist all of my life, beginning my career under the tutelage of my extraordinarily talented mother, a natural musician of the highest order. Her beautiful voice and sensitive touch upon the piano, along with her harmonizing skills have been a model to me my entire life.
|In high school I was part of a trio, my mother our arranger, and we sang
a cappella music all over the state. In fact we went to Chicago and sang
on WBBM, on the Morris B. Sach's Amateur Hour. When we auditioned,
singing "Blue Hawaii," the director of the show asked who our arranger was,
because "the arrangement was very nice."
We sang for Adali Stephenson, our Governor of Illinois. We sang on local radio, we sang for our own graduation. At the same time I was also singing in high school choir where I did solo work, and played the coronet in our local high school band. I studied voice and piano privately most of my high school years, and continued through college, where I majored in music.
I sang in our Monmouth College Choir, an excellent performing group, doing solo work, under the direction of Archer Hayes, who had been trained by Robert Shaw. My experience as a choir member during those precious years has also served me all my life, for together we created exquisitely beautiful sacred music. I also studied voice, classical music training, privately with Archer Hayes. I have been privileged to work with talented people in several areas of my life.
The music we sang was fine, indeed. We were part of a large musical family. There was the Quad Cities Symphony in our town drawing some of their talent from the University of Iowa, just 50 miles away. There was Augustana College, with it's musical influence, just across the river. I did a bit of substitute teaching in music during this time, from grade school to high school.
My husband was also a music major from Monmouth College, and in Davenport we formed a trio, performing the music of Peter, Paul and Mary in a number of venues. I did our arranging, copying the trio's parts precisely, as I listened to them on record. It was wonderful to sing the music. I was "Mary" of course-but the marriage did not work.
I participated in workshops with Paul Winter, at Slide Ranch in Marin, CA. ...wonderful weekends spent learning to make music in the moment. These days I play my synthesizer in a local churchdeeply spiritual, improvisational meditative music. An album of this music will be produced as soon as financing appears. My first CD was financed by subscription in advance, which made it all possible, and for which I am deeply grateful.