I am thrilled to be teaching at Lincoln Academy for a 2nd year. My husband and I live in Lehi with our little dog Joey. We enjoy renovating our home, going on bike rides, and spending time with family. In addition to teaching at Lincoln, I spend my evenings rehearsing and performing as a member of the Utah Opera chorus.
Being an extremely shy and anxious child, I found expressivity through music. It gave me a voice, and was just the outlet I needed to become the person I am today. Every music teacher I had growing up made an enormous impact on my life, and I want to be able to reciprocate that impact to my students today.
I attended Snow College where I received an associate degree in 2012. There I continued my vocal training under the tutelage of Dr. Steve Meredith, a world-renowned bass-baritone. Under his direction I was given many opportunities including various professional studio recordings, attending National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conventions, singing backup for Josh Groban, and being the first female vocalist selected to perform in the annual concerto competition.
After graduating, I married my husband and we continued our education at Weber State University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. There I received additional vocal training from Dr. Karen Brookens-Bruestle and had the opportunity to perform in my first opera, Mozart’s Die Zauberfl ӧ te ( The Magic Flute ). It was then that I fell in love with the art of opera singing, and I was able to later perform at the Metropolitan Opera National Competition for the opportunity of singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City. Other competitions included the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). These experiences landed me the Mezzo-Soprano role of Suzuki in Puccini’s M adama Butterfly . I ended my senior year being the assistant choral director for the Weber State Concert Choir where I arranged a vocal score and conducted the piece at the annual Spring Choirfest.
I am thrilled to be able to share my love for music with our Lincoln Academy students. Inspiring children through music has always been something I’ve aspired to do. I believe music can heal, inspire, and change the world. I love witnessing the change that music brings to students’ lives through the social interaction and bonding that takes place.