My earliest memory is singing hymns and Christmas carols with my mother playing the piano. I took piano lessons and began voice lessons at 15 years old and always sang in the church and school choirs. I discovered that singing in public was much easier for me than playing the piano, so focused my energy on singing.
I knew music was my passion at an early age and decided to make it my career. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education in Voice and a Masters of Arts in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University, I taught choir in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in the Houston area and served as a music administrator there and Fort Bend ISD. Now retired, I continue as a consultant with Texas school districts, teach private voice lessons, and continue to enjoy singing.
Who was your first musical influence?
I would have to say my mother was my first musical influence. She was an extremely talented singer and played piano, trumpet, and violin.
How did you find the Fort Worth Chorale?
I knew of the FWC as Schola Cantorum, founded by my college professor, Dr. B.R. “Bev” Henson. After moving to the Fort Worth area in 2019, I attended their Christmas Concert at St. Vincent’s Cathedral and joined the Chorale this season.