About me

I'm a Boise native who, following private instruction from Wallis Bratt and attendance at All-State and All-Northwest, went to Willamette University where I was a cello performance major under Bruce McIntosh. A change of heart led to a transfer to the University of Idaho where I graduated with a non-music degree. I kept a hand in, however; one of my biggest thrills ever was playing one of Lionel Hampton's original compositions, with him, on stage at the Jazz Festival.

I put my cello down for a number of years and learned how to sing. I was in several award-winning women's acappella quartets that specialized in the Great American Songbook. I use what I learned as a singer all the time as a cellist. For example, both music and singers need to breathe, but breathing isn't something string players study.

Most recently I have played in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Millennial Choir and Orchestra. I am a student of Sam Smith of the Langroise Trio. 

My teaching philosophy

I aspire to be the music teacher about whom my students will say, 30 years from now, "That lady helped me love and understand music." I have high expectations and definite ideas about how to improve, but ultimately I want to raise a capable musician, not a robot. Through teaching the cello I teach musicianship; I empower.

Price, facilities, safety

Lessons at my home near St. Luke's Meridian or via Skype are $50/hour. Payment by cash or check is due at the time of the lesson. For an additional fee I can travel to you; please ask. Parents are welcome to either drop and go or hang out in my dining room. My criminal background check is up-to-date and the French doors to my teaching area are transparent glass. We own two friendly dogs.