I currently live in McMinnville, Oregon. My husband and I have a blended family of six children, and we’re now down to only one child remaining at home – it’s nice to not run out of hot water in the mornings anymore! Our big and sometimes boisterous family has had a lot of fun together and I’m thankful for their love and support.
I grew up in a musical family and took to the piano at a young age. My mom was a piano tuner and also taught piano lessons, and although I didn’t take structured lessons from her, she was always there to suggest new music and give me help as needed. With me, it wasn’t “You have to practice the piano before you can play,” but “You need to get your chores done before you can practice the piano.”
There’s never been a shortage of opportunities to put my love of playing to good use. From the age of 10 or 11, I was able to play for church choirs and groups, school choirs, and high school music competitions. As an adult, I’ve discovered a love for being involved in musical theater. And I’m back in school again, accompanying college, high school, and middle school choirs and soloists when I’m not working at my regular part-time job with the local government.
It was through a 2007 high school production of “Guys and Dolls” that I became friends with Dana Libonati, high school choir director and college music professor. When he discovered my desire to learn more about music theory, he generously offered to give me lessons and assignments that I could do from home at my own pace. I never believed that I could actually compose music, but with a basis of knowledge and tools to work with and some encouragement, he proved me wrong. Two years later, I had enough pieces written to put together a CD for my family and start my own website!
I’ve always enjoyed listening to and playing music in a wide variety of styles, and now I’ve been able to carry that into my writing as well, experimenting with everything from New Age and classical to boogie woogie, swing, funk, and gospel blues. I like the challenge of taking a simple, familiar tune like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and putting a new twist on it to give it a whole different feel. And I love being able to take an experience from life, like hiking to the top of a mountain, and creating an original piece of music to capture the sights, sounds, and emotions, allowing me to relive the experience and share it with others. Music is the best way I know how to express my feelings of joy, awe, love, struggle, pain, gratitude, and faith in God.
In addition to music (yes, there is more to life than just music), I like to play pickleball and wallyball, go on bike rides, and bake delicious goodies to make up for the calories I burn doing those other things.
There’s never enough time for everything I want to do, of course. But music has always made me happy and it’s exciting to be able to share that with others in a new way now. Thanks to everyone for the support and positive feedback!Click here to read my interview for LDS Composers Directory, January 2013.
Click here to read a feature article about me in the News-Register, March 2014.
Click here to find out why I’m a Mormon and the role that plays in my music and my life.
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