I grew up in a family that was very interested in music, but I was the only one to make it my life. My sister, brother and I were required to take private piano lessons until the 9th grade when we could then decide if we wanted to continue. During the 8th grade, I was looking forward to the decision my sister and brother made – to quit taking lessons! But that was the year my church was installing a fancy new pipe organ; I was fascinated at the process and, after first hearing it, I knew I wanted to play it! So, I continued my piano studies and began organ lessons on the very organ that so inspired me. The instrument, to this day, continues to amaze me. I continued music studies, earning a bachelor degree in organ performance, followed by graduate work in performance/literature for the instrument. It was there where I was bitten by another musical bug: opera! During graduate studies, I held assistantships in the opera department and in vocal accompaniment. My academic work thoroughly prepared me for a life’s work focused on making music at the organ and with singers. At Warren Wilson College, I have been able to continue with these areas of music-making: teaching and coaching singers, organists and pianists, serving as organist/choir director/accompanist, and teaching courses in music theory and music history. Additionally, I have served as Music Director to over 20 musicals produced on the Kittredge Theatre stage.