How did you discover Western?
I have lived in Gunnison for 33 years and had a choral music teaching position in the Gunnison School District. During that time I worked with members of the Music Department in many ways. I accompanied student music majors and taught adjunct music education courses: Elementary Music Methods and Secondary Choral Methods.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
I have taught music at all levels during my 38 years of teaching: K-12 and at the college level. During my public school teaching experience, my choirs scored Superior ratings consistently at Large Group Festivals. In 1997, my Middle School Select Choir was chosen to perform at the State Music Convention (CMEA). In 2005, I was chosen Teacher of the Year in the Gunnison School District. I am also a church organist/choir director in the Gunnison/Crested Butte area, and I direct a Community Choir at the Gunnison Arts Center.
What most excites you about your field?
It is very gratifying to foster the development of future music teachers and to watch them grow in many ways throughout the semester. Performing is a special love of mine and accompanying students is very fulfilling. The musical performances with students is a joint creative experience that is extremely rewarding.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
The beauty of the Gunnison Valley and the ability to live in such an unspoiled place.