Degrees and Certifications:
This is my second year directing the Falcon Choirs after an amazing first year at Fort Settlement Middle School. I love my job! I love singing, teaching music literacy, performing and competing with my choirs.
I received my BA in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Virginia Tech in beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia. After graduating in 1993, I moved to the Houston area and began 27 years of teaching music, directing choirs, and singing. I have taught high school and middle school choir and elementary music for 14 years including several years at Austin Parkway elementary and most recently at Highlands Elementary in Fort Bend ISD.
In addition to public school teaching, I spent 7 years directing the Fort Bend Boy Choir’s Town Choir, created a Sugar Land community youth and children’s choir Cantate, and started a Chamber Choir which includes singers in local high school as well as adults from the area. Always singing, I spent 8 years with the Houston Symphony Chorus (where I met my husband) and 14 years professionally with the Bach Society Houston. Throughout the years, I have performed a wide variety of genres including musicals, operas, oratorios, and large symphonic choral works as both choir member and soloist. I feel privileged to have worked with some of the great choral conductors of the world including the late Robert Shaw, Peter Schrier, Andre Thomas and Nicholas McGegan to name a few.
After coordinating the district’s elementary honor choir program in 2014 and 2015, I had the honor of conducting the 2016 FBISD Elementary Honor Choir at TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association’s state conference.). This was the first FBISD choir to be invited to perform at the state convention.
My family has lived in Sugar Land for 22 years and my husband Jim and I will celebrate our 24th anniversary this year. We have 4 musical children and quirky and loveable Bassett Hound, Daisy.