I currently hold bachelor's degrees from Dixie State University in Music and from the University of Utah in Mathematics. I also have an active professional teaching license in the State of Utah. I have been honored to be a soloist in Dixie State University's operas in concert, including Turandot and Samson and Delilah. I have also been a soloist for Dixie State University's Impressionism and Baroque festivals. During my studies at DSU, I was honored to present research on alternate tuning systems at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research, as well as DSU's math camp, showing how math and music can be integrated. I consider myself to be a champion for music education and have served on the board of directors for an arts organization in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing grants to provide scholarship funding for children in need to finance private violin lessons, instrument purchases, and to bring music to underserved communities in the greater Cincinnati area. My most influential voice teachers are Ken Peterson and Betty Jeanne Chipman. I am excited to share my love of vocal music with others.
My highest priority as a voice teacher is vocal health, endurance, and freedom. Students will improve vocal technique with vocal exercises which will increase their range (so they can sing higher and lower), their resonance (so they can project), and their tone. Students are expected to do these exercises every day. Students will have a lot of fun learning from a variety of genres, whether they be musical theater, classical art songs, and folk songs. Additional topics we will be focusing on include aural skills, sight reading, music theory, poise, stage presence, and confidence. The minimum age student that I will accept is 12. This is because of an anatomical phenomenon called the "mutational chink," which refers to the vocal folds not being able to completely close until after a singer's voice matures. This "mutational chink" is the reason for breathiness in many young girl singers and will start to resolve on its own as a person reaches maturity. At this point, it is a great time to start voice lessons. Before a voice is mature, I personally feel that voice lessons can be fun, but perhaps non-productive.