For as long as I can remember, I have been singing and dancing, mostly by ear and by mimicking music videos. My first passion was R&B and pop. I began taking lessons at age 15 and my musical world opened up to genres such as art song and musical theater, due to a fantastic teacher.
I left home to study music at Cal State, Long Beach. There, I was challenged with more difficult subjects, like opera and Lieder. My appetite continued to grow as I immersed myself in performances, competitions, and traveling the world with college choirs.
All the while, I did my best to satisfy my true self by collaborating with fellow musicians. I sang in my first band, Flexx, when I was in high school, then 2 others while in college. Professionally, I was a back-up vocalist and percussionist with the Sam Morrison Band from 2006-2012, where I traveled all over the country. This premiere Bob Seger tribute band is signed by Titan Tribute Media and has recorded 3 albums that can be found on iTunes.
I have worked in opera companies based in southern California, including Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, Long Beach Opera, and Celestial Opera. I also am a hired soloist at various local churches.
I currently work at Orange County High School of the Arts, where I teach subjects like Music Theory, Music History, and Musicianship.
I joined the faculty at Southwest Conservatory as a voice teacher and love teaching private and group lessons.
In addition, I sing in a band, Wheel House, where we create a unique blend of rock, blues, and funk. It is here where I have accomplished more than I imagined, as I experiment with keyboards, guitar, bass, and even drums.
Belle Musique is a hand bell trio I play in where we ring and sing for weddings, funerals, and private parties.
I get to wail as a new member of The Pine Street Band singing classic covers from CCR to Blondie to Tom Petty.
It is my belief that it is never too late to follow your passion, but you have to find what really makes you happy and fulfilled!
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students according to their own goals and interests. However, I must include elements that are vital in the musical world whether the student is a hobbyist or leaning toward a professional career. My instrumentalists will learn all aspects of theory including rhythm, basic theory, and musicianship. My singers will learn about breath, anatomy, alignment, and performance. This is in addition to learning fundamental repertoire.
I have very high expectations for my students and do my best to motivate and challenge them, bringing out the natural musician. I am goofy but demanding and always develop a strong and trusting relationship with each and every student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Converted garage into music studio, upright piano and electric piano, recording equipment, electric drum set and drum set, amps, guitars, and seating for parents.
*** Specialties ***
Specialize vocally in opera, rock, funk, musical theater.
Lead vocalist, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums. We perform original and cover tunes. We are inspired by such artists as Jack White, Alicia Keys, The Black Keys, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd.
Teach private voice, piano and guitar as well as performance technique and coaching.
All female hand bell trio playing music throughout the year including Wedding, Funeral, Patriotic, and Christmas songs.
I instruct music theory in the Musical Theater department.
Performed the Bob Seger Tribute and our Southern Rock show throughout the country.
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