Instrument(s): Piano, Voice, Flute, Baroque Recorder/Flute, Trombone, English Handbells
Years of study or play: Piano (24 yrs. self-taught), Voice (29 yrs. mostly self-taught), Flute (11 yrs.), Baroque Recorder (15 yrs.), Trombone (2 yrs.)
Private lessons: Piano (2 semesters group study w/individual tutoring), Voice (1 semester study w/ 1 classmate), Flute (8 yrs.), Baroque Recorder (1 semester quartet study), Trombone (1 semester group study w/individual tutoring)
Oxford Elementary School Band (4th-5th grades) (Flute)
Monticello Middle School 6th Grade Band (Flute)
Anne M. Dorner Middle School Concert Band (7th-8th grades) (Flute) Asst. Principal, 8.
Ossining High School Concert Band (8th-12th grades) (Flute) Principal 11, Flute soloist substitute for Oboe 12. Trombonist, 1993 graduation.
Aaron Copland Music and Arts Program Symphonic Band (2 summers)
University of Delaware Symphonic Band (4 semesters) (Flute) Second Asst. Principal, 3rd & 4th Semesters
University Heights (OH) Concert Band (1 summer) (Flute)
Ossining H.S. School Marching Band (8th-12th grades) (Flute) Asst. Squad Leader, 10. Squad Leader 11-12.
University of Delaware Pride Marching Band (2 seasons) (Flute)
University of New Mexico Spirit Marching Band (1 season) (Flute)
University of Delaware Pep Band (1 season) (Flute)
Ossining H.S. Orchestra (9th-12th grades) (Flute subs. for Oboe, 9-11. Flute, 12.)
ACMAP Orchestra (2 summers) (Flute subs. for Oboe)
Univ. of Delaware C-Band Practicum Ensemble (4 semesters) (Trombone 1,2,4; Trumpet 3)
Other Instrumental Ensembles:
Epworth-Euclid U.M.C. Inspiringers (English Handbells, various positions in 3-5 octave choirs)
First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (NY) Handbell Choir (Principal ringer)
First Presbyterian Church of Newark (DE) Handbell Choir (Alto ringer)
Univ. of Delaware Collegium Musicum Baroque Ensemble (1 semester) (Alto/Soprano Recorder, co-soloist)
Oxford Elementary School Choir (1st-5th grade) (Alto soloist, 5)
Ossining H.S. A'Capella Choir (12th grade) (Alto/Tenor)
First Presbyterian Church of Ossining Church Choir (10th-12th grades)
Professional: Rated 90/100, NYSSMA Level 4, 1989; Rated 90/100 (Gold Award) NYSSMA Level 5, 1991. In college, learned almost all band and orchestra instruments to a Grade 4 level. B.A. in Music, but no active career
Favorite Instruments: Voice, Piano, Viola and Cello, Bass Clarinet, French Horn
Least favorite instruments: Clarinet (too piercing, too easy to sQUEEEEK!), Oboe (too difficult for me to play the actual instrument, too easy to sQUEEEEK!)
Favorite Composer: Holst (his works for Military Band are great!)
Favorite works: http://www.geocities.com/bandimal/music/favsongs.html
Other info: I majored in music after a couple of teachers in high school told me I was wasting my mind on the arts. I figured if I was that smart, then I could be good at anything I wanted to do. After two years of intensive study towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at University of Delaware, I found myself bored and disgusted with the easy A's (no offense, it was easy for me at least) and the lack of response by faculty and administration to glaring omissions and abuses within the department. I also found myself drawn to study the sciences with whatever credits I had left, and the stringent requirements of the B.M.M.E. program would not allow for such study. I spent a semester away at The University of New Mexico and came back to change my major and take a double minor in Biological Sciences and Religious Studies. By the middle of my senior year I knew I wanted to get into a health career, but personal issues required me to decline admission to a major medical school's Master of Public Health program.
I still play the piano regularly and I gave an informal 50-minute recital in the summer of 2002. Since I am back in college for Nursing, I haven't pursued any further study or performance opportunities in music.