• Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL

The private voice teachers, coaches and stage directors who have influenced my singing and teaching include:

Voice Teachers

  • Margaret Harshaw, Chicago, IL
  •  Judith Oas Natalucci, New York City
  • Dr. William McIver, Eastman School of Music
  • Frau Professor Ira Hartmann-Dressler, Berlin
  • Frau Professor May Besselink, Maastricht, Holland
  • Mirella Freni, Vienna
  • Elizabeth Schwartzkopf, Zürich
  • Marlena Malas, New York City
  • Burton Garlinghouse, Los Angeles


  • Mme. Gwendolyn Koldofsky
  • Martin Katz
  • Margo Garrett
  • Gerard Souzay
  • Graham Johnson
  • Janine Reis
  • Enza Ferrari
  • Richard Trimborn

Stage Directors:

  • Willy Decker
  • Harry Kupfer
  • Hermann Prey
  • Moshe Leiser/Patrice Courier
  • Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
  • Ruth Berghaus

Awards and Honors

  • Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation
  • San Francisco Opera Regional Auditions
  • First Place Winner Oratorio Society of New York Competition
  • Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist Award (NATS)
  • 2003 Recipient of the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award given by Olivet Nazarene University to women who have excelled professionally and role models for young women.  Other recipients have been Sandra Day O’Connor and Elizabeth Dole
  • 2010 Recipient of the Alumni “O” Award from Olivet Nazarene University