Composer, Pianist, Teacher
Has composed symphonic and chamber music, in addition to music for theatre, dance, and documentary films. Major orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic, have performed her symphonic works. “A Celebration of Spirituals” was recently performed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Her musical theater works have been presented at the American Music Festival in Philadelphia, at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater and Lincoln Center in New York, Theatre in the Park in Raleigh, NC and the Longstreet Theater in Columbia SC.
She has received numerous commissions and awards, including the North Carolina Composer’s Fellowship, National Music Theater Network, Raleigh Medal of Arts, Cornell University, Dance Associates, the Raleigh Oratorio Society, ASCAP and is in Marquis’ Who’s Who and Who’s Who in American Women.
She is the pianist and Artistic Director of the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. This chamber ensemble presents several concerts of new American music every season.
During her student years at Indiana University School of Music, she studied with Patricia Benkman and Ozan Marsh, whose principal teachers were Egon Petri, Emil Sauer, Robert Casadesus and Rachmaninoff.
As a teacher, she continues to share her love of music with students of all ages and levels of ability.