My cello journey began in 4th grade. I was introduced to stringed instruments at my public school. I instantly fell in love with the sound of the cello. That moment started me on the road that has brought me to where I am today with the cello.
I experienced an untraditional education in music, which I documented in the article “Suzuki Summit: One Step at a Time” (Suzuki Association of the America’s Journal, fall 2015). I started skiing as a young girl and became a professional instructor. My training led me to become a student of skiing. I analyze body positioning and movement on the mountain. I attended Utica College at Syracuse University and graduated with a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation. “The purpose of the Recreation Therapy process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life.” according to NCTRC of which I was a member. I worked as a recreation therapist for 15 years. I had multiple jobs and skills — working with handicapped skiers, playing my cello at nursing homes and working as a Recreation Therapist at Albany Medical Center in the rehabilitation unit.
My cello was always calling me, and I answered the call in 2005, a few short years after I lost my mother to cancer. This is when I decided that I would intensely pursue learning to teach and play cello as my career.
I was on a quest to learn as much as I could as fast as I could, throwing myself into everything so that I could gain knowledge and experience. I attended Suzuki trainings, traveled to multiple adult music camps all over the country, started a wedding business with a colleague that lasted 13 years, (Spa City Duo) and performed live in front of audiences.
The pandemic of 2020 brought new opportunities for growth and change. While the wedding business ended, online learning began. I connected with Saratoga Performing Arts Center and produced two instructional videos for its new SPAC Learning Library.
The playing and teaching experiences have brought me to where I am today — pursuing a new adventure in Cello Sound Therapy, making mediation videos, and providing music for yoga classes.
I look forward to being part of an ever-changing world!