I’m a light lyric coloratura soprano and musical theatre crossover singer/actress with a strong dance background. (How's that for a mouthful?)
I was two years old when I begged to take dance classes as I saw my older sister doing so. I’m told I was so adamant about it that my mother inquired at the school if they would let me join the 3-4 year old class early. (They did.) In my last two years of high school I was dancing 20+ hours a week in the pre-professional company of the Atlanta Ballet. I danced in the company’s Nutcracker in the Fox Theatre from 6th-12th grade.
One reason I chose Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) for my undergrad was their renowned Ballet Major which draws students internationally. Though accepted into the program, I was offered a scholarship by the Voice Performance department, so I took class with the dance majors whenever it fit into my schedule while pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance.
I began studying classical voice at age 14. My final year of high school I arranged an independent study, leaving school early to study voice, piano, and theory with my teacher Mary Francis Katz and attend weekly master classes with Elizabeth Colson who became my teacher after college. During college I sang in the chorus of many operas with the Indianapolis Opera under conductor James Caraher. After college I sang with the Atlanta-based Capitol City Opera Company and also studied at the American Institute for Musical Studies (A.I.M.S.) in Graz, Austria with Elizabeth Colson, Everett McCorvey, and Andrea Huber.
I performed for several years in readings of new musicals as I have good sight reading skills and particularly enjoy the creative process working with composers and book writers developing characters. I particularly enjoyed readings where I had the chance to exercise my creativity and play many characters in a single show. I was a “regular” for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program working on multiple thesis readings each spring. I originated lead roles in new musicals at both the NYMF and Fringe Festivals.
With cabaret director Erv Raible I created a solo act, entitled “My Shirley Years” which played twice in New York and a 30 show run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland to great reviews. The show was a passion project for me and love letter to my childhood idol, Shirley Temple. I wove in other repertoire of the 1930’s, particularly of women who were leading ladies in Shirley Temple films, such as Alice Faye.
It was with songs of Alice Faye that I debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the bill of a Mabel Mercer Foundation Concert. I also sang a Cinderella Medley (Disney pieces) with the Little Orchestra Society under conductor Dino Anagnost at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on their Cinderella Young People's Concert.
For eight years I performed frequently for the Ziegfeld Society of New York working with director and composer Mark York coaching and singing music of the early 1900’s and American Songbook Standards. Mark spent his early career working for American composer Cy Colman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) as his protégé and is now the leading authority on his music and estate.
Mark wrote and mounted a fully costumed and staged musical on the life of Marilyn Miller as a showcase for me in the title role. I also worked with Mark York and Aaron Gandy on a biographical musical on the life of American composer Kay Swift who was a famed collaborator and romantic partner of George Gershwin. The musical featured the music of both composers and was mounted by the Kay Swift Estate.
From 2017-2019 I performed and toured extensively with NYGASP. I was often a featured dancer (while singing!) in these highly choreographed operettas. It was a joy to perform and join this top notch company - a true family- of repertory performers! (Shows are listed in the resume.)
In August of 2019 I moved with my fiancé, Tim, to San Francisco! It’s a dream come true to live here as I grew up in Atlanta looking forward to summer trips to visit relatives in Napa, Berkeley, and Salinas. I work remotely in the field of Cybersecurity. Linkedin Profile
I am studying voice with Heidi Moss Erickson, teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and am thrilled to have made a debut with Contra Costa Civic Theatre in December 2019 with “It’s a Wonderful Life- A Radio Play” I can’t wait to meet and work with more artists and new companies out here.
Clara – Light in the Piazza
Phoebe or Sibella- Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Maria- Sound of Music
Nellie- South Pacific
Eliza- My Fair Lady
Baby Doe- Ballad of Baby Doe
Anne – A Little Night Music
Dainty June- Gypsy