I earned my B.A. in piano, 1979, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I was steeped in Bach and Chopin. My Masters work at Emory University in Atlanta further deepened my knowledge of classical performance practice and music history. I have studied with jazz pianists Laura Caviani and Sean Turner of the McNally School of Music, both of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Today I am an active solo party pianist, and leader/arranger for my own five-piece r&b band, Wild Honey. I have received statewide air-play performing Bach on Minnesota Public Radio. At the other end of the spectrum, my band Wild Honey has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88 FM’s program, “Jazz and the Spirit,” as well as KARE-11 Television’s morning program, “Minnesota Showcase." I serve as an exam judge for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and helped write its ground-breaking Popular Styles Exam Syllabus. I am a 2012 recipient of the Maureen Conway Award for Inspiring Teaching.
Schmitt Music, Minneapolis, MN, 2006-2010.
Decatur School of Music, Atlanta, GA, 1994-1997.
The Music Place, Atlanta, GA 1990-1991. Also group keyboard instructor.
Educational programs featuring solo performance of ragtime, stride, blues, and boogie-woogie.
Jazz, r&b, and gospel five-piece. Featured on KARE-11 television’s “Minnesota Showcase” and KBEM Jazz 88’s “Jazz and the Spirit” programs.
Jazz, pop, classical styles.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, East Bethel, MN, organist and leader of rock band, 2013-2015.
Richfield United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN, alternative worship band, 2006-2009.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Brighton, MN, 1997-2005. Organist and director of contemporary combos for 10,000-member church. Major gospel concert featuring singer Gwen Matthews.
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, contemporary worship leader, 2005-2009.
Licensed Instructor for preschool group music.
MMTA Popular Styles Syllabus Committee, helping write a ground-breaking exam curriculum; chair 2011-2013. Exam judge for comprehensive classical exams, popular styles, and contests.
The Minnesota Music Teachers Association, founded in 1901, is a professional non-profit educational organization and is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, founded in 1876. Our mission is to advance the profession of music teaching through education, certification, networking, and advocacy.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.