I am active as a piano teacher and accompanist. As a harpsichordist, I perform both solo and ensemble music of earlier eras, as well as music of today. I've been privileged to hold the position of pianist at Westminster United Church for the past 12 years, and I enjoy having my students perform in the church's lovely sanctuary for my studio recitals each December and June.
I also have an interest in drama and have been involved in several local theatre productions. I've organized and performed in several local concerts, including a benefit concert for supportive housing and several concerts exploring themes of eternity based on the music of Arvo Pärt. I've also performed a little further from home, at the Festival of the Sound, on Long Island, in New York City and at Dartington Hall in Devon, England.
My Master and Doctoral degrees in New York were funded by teaching keyboard harmony to undergraduates, and through the generous support of the Gelber Fellowship.
I view the my students continuing engagement with music – long after their lessons have ended – as an achievement. This is my ultimate goal in teaching: to inspire a life-long connection to music.
A 2002 album, Gathered Evidence, contains my performance of Peter Hatch's harpsichord solo In a Vernacular Way. This solo is a crowd-pleaser and I have performed it countless times in the past 25 years, both locally (most recently at Laurier in May 2018) and in Stony Brook and Setauket, New York.
A profoundly meaningful experience was collaborating with cellist Ben Boldt-Martin in 2016 to create a concert based on the music of Arvo Pärt and my friend John Parcell.
Combining the harpsichord and the zheng with renowned zheng player Mei Han for the Open Ears Festival (2005) was a rewarding experiment.
I had a blast improvising on French unmeasured preludes with shakuhachi player Gerard Yun. This performance was for a lecture recital we gave in 2012 for The Congress of the Humanities.
For more than 30 years, I have loved engaging in a mutual learning process of discovery and problem-solving through teaching piano. It is a privilege to observe a student's growth at the end of each year, and it's continually exciting to see progress, big or small, made each week in the lesson. I enjoy the symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. I open up a new world to my student and, invariably, they open my eyes too – to their own world, to new music and to new challenges.
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