I have been singing for as long as I can remember. My mother was a singer. She and my 2 older sisters and I harmonized around the piano, at church, at the dinner chores and in the car. I studied music at the University of Minnesota acquiring a degree in instrumental music education. I have directed choirs and sung in small groups and done arrangements. Life forces intervened and music took a back seat until I joined the Redwood Community Chorus. Music is back in my life and I am so grateful.

I have been a "Choir Geek" my whole life, singing in church and school choirs continuously since age 4 through college. As an adult, I have enjoyed singing and      accompanying in community choirs, the Stockton Chorale, and the Redwood Community Chorus. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance from Pacific  Lutheran University, and have served in church organist positions since before I could drive! My music teachers, professors, fellow singers and musicians are my most treasured friends, and I am so happy to be the newest member of "In the Mix"!

My Dad sang in a barbershop quartet (tenor) his entire adult life.  There must be something about barbershop that makes people dress funny.  I guess it only makes sense that I would eventually follow Nancy into Sweet Adelines in the early '80's and other groups she established since then.

My parents tell me that at my third Christmas, I stood on a small blue chair in front of the tree and sang to it all morning.  My repertoire included “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Happy Birthday.”  That kicked off a lifetime of involvement with music.  My entire family is musical, and some of our best times were singing and playing instruments together around the piano.  For me, nothing beats the joy of making music with others.

I fell in love with harmony the first time someone taught me to sing "White Coral Bells" in a round.  My next memory was hearing my Dad (after a few beers) "bum, bum, bumming" to some oldies around the campfire with some buddies at the beach.  That impressed me!  Since my mid-twenties I've sung more or less continuously in small a cappella groups ranging from barbershop, to caroling to doo-wop - and lovin' every minute of it!

I was born in New Jersey into a family of musicians. My parents were both professional musicians: pianists, conductors and teachers, and I followed in their footsteps. I have a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin. Since moving to California 40 years ago, I have directed choruses, taught music classes at College of the Redwoods, performed as a soloist, chamber player and accompanist, and taught piano at my home in Elk. Now retired, I have more time to pursue things I love to do, one of which is singing! I have sung all of my life, in choirs large and small, and I am so happy to be a part of In the Mix. It’s just plain fun!