Welcome to my website!
This site exists in order to share information and knowledge
about my life "professions"--singing, vocal music pedagogy, academics
A professional mezzo-soprano
who has sung opera and art song, I am currently in my third academic year teaching at the American University of Sharjah in
the United Arab Emirates, about 10 km outside Dubai. Formerly a Visiting Professor of Voice at Florida State University
in Tallahassee for the 2013-14 academic year, I spent eight years as a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Shorter University
in Rome, Georgia, where I taught applied studio voice, vocal pedagogy, Russian diction, and class voice. I have also
taught part-time at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, and Florida A&M University while pursuing
a professional career.
Since 2008 I have served on
the Editorial Board for the Journal of Singing, the internationally-known printed arm of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. With the September/October 2014 issue (Vol. 71, No. 1) I began writing "The Song File" column, a labor of love,
which I completed in 2016 in order to begin my job in the Emirates.
In addition, I am a Personal Trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I believe that people of any age and physical background can be "fit" in every sense of the word. I am especially
dedicated to working with those 50+ who do not have any expertise in following a work-out regime. I am qualified to teach
and Zumba GOLD (for deconditioned
adults) and have taught the Latin-dance inspired exercise classes for several years at Rome Athletic Club, at Shorter, and
at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center. For two winters I worked as a SKI INSTRUCTOR at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado! I became certified as a Level I Alpine Ski Instructor through the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), and was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter.
As an undergraduate English major, and a lover of several
foreign languages, I became committed to teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and became certified in a 120-hour
course by Bridge TEFL, accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training). I was a volunteer
TEFL teacher through the Alaska Literacy Program during the 2012-13 academic year. In 2009 I had volunteered for three weeks
in Montezuma, Costa Rica, (Proyecto Montezuma) as an English teacher, while also enrolled in a daily Spanish class. Fun! Lastly, I have been blessed to have recorded a CD of Russian art song
for Centaur Records (Russia: Golden
Century of Song) which came about
in 2001 as a result of my decade-long work with pianist Svetlana Velichko, formerly of the Moscow Conservatory. This collaboration
led to my deep love for the Russian language and its song literature, and was the subject of my 2004 doctoral treatise.
After spending two winters at Breckenridge, CO, as a
ski instructor, I decided to return to the academic world in an exciting, exotic locale: the United Arab Emirates. I began
teaching in August 2016 at the American University of Sharjah, located about 10 km from Dubai. Look for my blog, Teaching
the World to Sing, online.