I have been singing since before I can remember. It has always been an exquisite joy to use my voice. I began my own vocal training in high school, and had very positive experiences, including the opportunity to sing several times with New Hampshire’s All State Choir and to travel abroad to perform with a US choir in Western Europe.
As an freshman undergraduate at Colby College in Waterville, ME, I wanted so badly to take singing lessons that I majored in music as well as biology to take advantage of a special scholarship for music majors. Little did I know that this decision would send me down a long and windy road toward my life’s purpose. I studied voice with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Patches, a renowned singer and voice teacher. Much of the heart of my teaching philosophy was transmitted to me by this amazing musician and vocal educator.
While studying abroad, I also had the pleasure to study with soprano Sylvia Eaves in London, England. I was the winner of Colby’s concerto competition, whose prize was to perform solo with the orchestra, and sang many recitals, loving every minute of my work there. One day just before graduation, I asked Elizabeth what she thought about the next step in my singing career. She simply said, “You should consider teaching voice.”
In 2002, after performing solo and with professional groups for a few years in front of Boston audiences, I came to Philadelphia to do graduate work in music composition at the University of Pennsylvania. There I became a graduate teaching instructor of voice in the College House Music Program. Loving my work as a vocal coach with Penn students, I soon began taking a private students as well. My studio performed many recitals, at Penn and off campus.
Nine years later, after a Ph.D., many public performances as a soprano in Philadelphia, and teaching hundreds of students, I opened La Voce Mia Voice Studio on historic Clinton Street in Center City Philadelphia. I’ve had the honor to hear many voices benefit from my work, and I’m so grateful to all of my students, who have taught me so much over the years. I continue to compose music and perform regularly, but teaching voice is one of my life’s most rewarding passions.