Music has been a part of my life since I started taking piano lessons at the ripe old age of five. The piano that I had was a player piano, so pumping the pedals was a lot of fun – I loved the music “I” was able to create. Who knew? My dad, however, thought my hands should do some of the work, so the rolls went out the window. I come from a small town in Kansas, and the Methodist Church I grew up in had the first pipe organ in the county. I was fascinated by two keyboards for the hands and another for the feet. Looked like a lot of fun to me.
I played piano forever and picked up the organ in college. I studied organ with Dr. Max Elsberry, who was also the music director at Grace Cathedral. I studied organ at Union Theological Seminary with John Weaver. I serve at St. Patrick Church in Lake Forest as organist/keyboardist.
I have accompanied instrumental and vocal solos/ensembles throughout the Chicago land area, and am nationally certified through the Music Teachers National Association and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association as a piano teacher. It is an honor to be part of the AGO Board and renew friendships.