I have been a musician all my life. Playing music in my family is as natural for all of us as breathing. As is common when one’s avocation becomes a vocation, I have found that being a musician brings out the jack-of-all trades in me, requiring a blend and balance of skills, creativity, inspiration and pluck. Every new challenge leads me to believe that I have come full circle, only to find that it is not the culmination point after all, but a new place to jump from and begin again.
As a partner in the folk-roots duo Wishing Chair, my best collaborating self arises, allowing me to honor the skills I have as an instrumentalist and satisfy my insatiable need to play any instrument that a song may require. The singer in me has learned how to blend, making my voice the perfect foil, or to take the lead in putting the song across.
I find myself a leader in my position as a choral director, giving shape and breadth to a group of dedicated singers brought together by their love of creating a sound, an energy and a spirit greater than their solitary selves.
The writer in me has found a balance between inspiration and editor, creating arrangements of songs that suit my choir, writing instrumental parts for a new Wishing Chair song, breaking down the process in a book on songwriting or birthing a song about a mouse for my niece.
As a teacher it is challenging to take all that has gone before and focus it on a student, to teach listening, to build upon the basics, to coach, to dream, to practice and analyze.
It is my hope to find places and people to share my musical passions with, to engage in projects, people and visions that enable me to put my best musical foot forward.