I am the cellist of the ground-breaking and award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ). The quartet is celebrating 29 years and I currently celebrate 15 years with them.
Before the quartet, I had a 20 year orchestral career serving as principal in Cedar Rapids Symphony, River Cities Symphony and San Damiano Consort among others, and in the sections of several regional and national orchestras including: Houston Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras as a participant in the Minority Orchestral Fellowship Program; West Virginia Symphony; Wheeling Symphony; Columbus Symphony and several others.
As a recitalist, I have performed world premiers and been recorded for broadcast in Portugal and on WQED radio.
I currently serve as adjunct faculty at Temple College in Temple, TX teaching cello, and I have served on the faculties of Blinn College (8 years), Texas A&M University (6 years), and Prairie View A&M University (2 years). I taught Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll, private lessons and, coached chamber music. I also teach at the Academie Musique of Central Texas while continuing my private studio of 16 students ranging in age from 8-60+.
Early Years – Administrative experiences began in high school when I participated in the High School Executive Internship Program in my home town of Des Moines, IA. Attending work every day instead of classes at school, I was fortunate to be an intern during the final construction of the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. I had almost daily experience with: artist contracts; budget creation; board meetings; contract negotiations (Teamsters Union strike regarding the need for delivery of steel girders required to finish constructing catwalks); interviewing for front of house and usher staff; report writing and; my official semester project writing the House Rental Contract. On the final day of the internship, I was officially hired, becoming the youngest Assistant House Manager in the country at the age of 17, in charge of an usher staff of 125 people for a 2,700 seat hall.
Middle Years – While living in Pittsburgh, I became the Director for the Youth Fair Chance Teen String Program which was administered through Catholic Charities, and I served as treasurer for the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (now Chattham Baroque). Sol La Te Do Productions, Inc. was co-founded with my business partner Nicholas T. Moor and, we co-created a children’s CD called Xavier and Me: One and Three and Three during the early days of music technology which blended the human voice and cello so the cello functions as the characters in three fairy tales by “talking” rather than singing. It was during this time that I learned about the challenges of marketing and publicity.
Current Years – Through the quartet, my business knowledge was increased by incorporating the quartet as an LLC. I am co-founder of the MASQ Community Music School and Chamber Music Institute. The non-profit incorporation and 501(c)3 filings for the school were successfully navigated as part of my duties as treasurer. For the last 13 years, I have kept the financial records and prepared payroll along with other administrative duties.
I am an international speaker, having taken my message to the international stage at the International Speaker Institute for Women in London, England in April of 2018.
Education and Affiliations
My degrees are all in performance: Bachelor of Music from Drake University; Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music; and Artist Diploma from Duquesne University.
Principal teachers include: John H. Erlich – Drake University; Nathaniel Rosen – Manhattan School of Music; and Jennifer Langham – Duquesne University. I also have studied and/or coached with Raya Garbousova, Karl Fruh, Anthony Elliot, Stephen Doane, Leningrad String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, American String Quartet, and Dr. George Walker.
I am a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Psi Honorary Academic Society.
I love spending time with my 13 year old dog, Genee; reading; performing with my quartet; playing music of many genres with friends, archery, and; spending as much time as possible scuba diving.