I grew up in NC, and discovered a love for singing when I was asked to join high school choir. Mrs. Karen Knowles encouraged me in my first focused attempts at singing. I finished high school and started voice training with Dr. Perry Smith at ECU. Working diligently, I received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. During the transition to graduate school, my studies were with Mr. Jean-Ronald Lafond who helped me prepare for auditions. I was accepted on full scholarship and awarded a teaching assistantship at USC. While pursuing a Master of Music degree, I studied with Mr. Gary Glaze; performing lead and supporting roles in opera productions as well as teaching individual instruction lessons and class voice level one and two.
As I finished all the required coursework, my voice crashed. I was unable to sing the final recital due to vocal trauma. Promptly, I began searching for a voice technician. I met Dr. Joel Ewing. He confirmed my voice was damaged. After all my schooling, I had to begin at the beginning. Dr. Ewing’s approach was to objectively address the malfunctioning of my laryngeal mechanism using knowledge from the past and science of the present. I got to work. All pain previously experienced is gone. I am able to express in singing what my heart is feeling. Learning never ends. I grow in understanding.
My job as a voice teacher is to pass on the knowledge shared with me. I feel blessed to watch a beginners’ voice appear for the first time or a seasoned voice reappear after disappearing. My teaching goal is to act as a guide to those who are willing to learn how to sing in a functionally healthy manner while imparting to them a basic knowledge of the workings of their vocal mechanism in a down to earth practical format. Let us sing!