B.M., University of Nebraska-Omaha, Music Education and Performance, 1987
How did you discover Western?
I was born in Gunnison and brought home to Beckwith Hall—part of the faculty housing on campus. My father was a faculty professor of Music at that time. I have been aware of Gunnison and Western my entire life and continue to look forward to the positive experiences and possibilities that exist within this community.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Multiple professional memberships, activities, presentations and adjudicating opportunities. These include current and past associations with American String Teachers Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, CHSAA Music Adjudicating, Texas Music Educators Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and Texas Orchestra Directors Association.
What most excites you about your field?
The opportunity to work with developing and interested string students at all levels of ability. Also, the opportunity to work with an institution that encourages development and forward promotion of music and the arts.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
A real sense of value in community is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Western and living in the Gunnison Valley. The outreach and opportunities that we as a department are able to offer this area create meaningful and satisfying relationships—both at the university as well as within the Gunnison Valley and neighboring areas.