"I'm originally from Colorado where I spent the first 18 years of life, dividing my time between Denver and Colorado Springs. My father was also a musician, and noticed that I displayed an interest in the piano at a very early age. When I was only four years old I would toddle over to the piano in the living room, reach up over my head to the keyboard, and poke around until I had found the right notes. In no time I was plunking out a tune I had just heard on the radio, or something my older sister had been practicing. Soon I was playing tunes like “The Tennessee Waltz” and “Mockingbird Hill” without ever having a single lesson."
"My father decided to find a piano teacher for me so that I would learn to read music, rather than just playing it by ear. This young age was an obstacle (as I hadn’t yet started school, and couldn’t read or write), but finally a teacher was found and the lessons began.
It would be a fair statement to say that as a result of this early training, I am fluent in two languages: Music and English, having learned both from a very young age.
My early start at the piano paid off as I progressed through school. I participated in many talent shows, was the accompanist for all the school choirs, and even played the Grieg Piano Concerto in A-Minor with the school orchestra in my senior year.
A highlight of my high school years was an appearance on the stage of the famous Red Rocks Theater near Denver, where I was a finalist in the “Stars of Tomorrow” competition.
In addition to private studies, I received a first-rate musical education throughout my school years. I must give credit to my junior- and senior-high choral teachers (Marian Thompson, Jerry Teske, Frank Gilles, and Dana Wells) for inspiring me to become a music teacher myself."