"In the rhythm of music a secret is hidden; if I were to divulge it, it would overturn the world." ~ Rumi
A native Texan, I began playing the piano by ear at age four. My earliest memory of performing in front of an "audience" was at my cousin's fourth birthday party. My mother stood me on top of a picnic table and I sang the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace", which was very popular at the time -- I was just 3 years of age.
After taking classical piano lessons from age seven through high school, I moved to Austin in 1972 to attend the University of Texas. Majoring in music education with a focus on piano and voice, I received my bachelor's degree from UT in 1976. During my college career, I took harp classes for elective credits and fell in love with the instrument. But harp playing would have to wait another 25 years before becoming a permanent part of my musical life.
I have been a teacher, conductor, accompanist and composer, and have performed musically in several different capacities throughout my life. I play piano, Celtic harp and I sing. I have performed locally for many years both as a solo musician and with other bands and ensembles. My mission has always been to serve humanity by healing people and the planet through music.
As a result of my own healing experiences with music, I became engaged in the study and practice of Sound Healing in early 2006. I have studied with Richard Rudis, Diane Mandle, Suren Shrestha, and Jonathan Goldman (all pioneers in the field) and am a certified Sound Practitioner.
Through the Veterans Team Recovery and Integrated Immersion Program (Vet TRIIP) in Austin, I have provided sound therapy for Viet Nam and Gulf War veterans suffering with PTSD. I am especially interested in working with men and women who have been traumatized by war and other horrific acts of violence such as rape and domestic abuse.