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 because I saw my older sister doing so. My mother inquired at the local dance school if they would let me join the 3-4 year old class early because I was so adamant (They did.) Fast forward to my last two years of high school in which I was dancing 20+ hours a week in the pre-professional company of the Atlanta Ballet. I danced in the company’s Nutcracker ballet at the Fox Theatre for seven years.
One reason I chose Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) for my undergrad was their renowned Ballet Major which draws students internationally. I was accepted into the program, but offered a scholarship from 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 singing concurrently with ballet when I was fourteen. My final year of high school I arranged an independent study in which I left school early each day 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.
While in college I sang in the opera chorus 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.
One of the highlights was performing in readings of many new musicals. I particularly enjoyed readings where I had the chance to do scene work and sing as many different characters in a single show. I was a “regular” for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program and working on multiple thesis readings each spring for their masters students, and 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 as well as a 30 show run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The show was a love letter to my childhood idol, Shirley Temple, and I wove in repertoire of the 1930’s, and of the 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.
At Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall I performed a medley of Cinderella pieces with the Little Orchestra Society conducted by Dino Anagnost for their Cinderella Young People's Concert.
For eight years I performed frequently for the Ziegfeld Society of New York working with the director and composer Mark York singing music of the early 1900’s as well as American Songbook Standards. Mark spent his early career working for composer Cy Colman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) as his protégé and is now the leading authority on Cy's music and estate.
Mark composed and produced a fully costumed and staged musical on the life of Marilyn Miller in which I played the title role. I also worked him, as well as 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 in New York and on short tours 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! I grew up in Atlanta looking forward to summer trips to visit relatives in Napa, Berkeley, and Salinas, so it's a dream come true to live here at last.