I joined the St. Cloud State University music faculty in 1996. I hold graduate degrees from Florida State University (DM-Composition), the University of MN (MM-Theory/Composition), and the University of WI-Eau Claire (BM-Theory/Composition). During those years, I maintained a strong secondary emphasis in flute performance, and I studied with Tim Lane, Elaine Eagle, Charles DeLaney, and Immanuel Davis. At SCSU I have regularly taught Flute, Music Theory, Musicianship, Orchestration and Woodwind Methods.
Professional highlights over my 25-year career include:
My music theory and musicianship courses are taught in an active environment that promotes learning, with an emphasis on application to students’ respective careers and interests in music. I enjoy learning and implementing innovative methods to develop students’ skills in analysis, sight singing, rhythmic independence, dictation, functional piano, and improvisation.
Flute lessons at SCSU are available not only to music majors and minors, but also to non-majors with previous musical experience. My flute studio focuses on individual student development and success, while fostering a culture of peer and group learning with regular opportunities for students to perform chamber repertoire. My flute students frequently win performance scholarships and secure immediate teaching positions after graduation.
My current interests include performing flute works composed in the last few decades, composing chamber works for flute in various combinations, including with effects and looping pedals, and providing clinics for middle and high school flutists throughout central Minnesota.