University of Vermont (Music Education)
Ohio University (Other)
An undergraduate degree in Music Education led me to graduate school, where I was able to build on my love and expertise in one field and add another that was close to my heart, theatre. Over the course of 9 years, music and theatre took me all over the country; working in professional theatres on both coasts as a professional stage manager, while also supporting many productions with musical expertise in a variety of ways. These experiences led me back to the east coast, where after a successful career as a stage manager, I moved "a bit further backstage"; building on all the skills necessary to be a successful stage manager and parlaying them into a new career in arts management.
But education was still an important piece of my world and my responsibilities also included creating and managing engaging education programs for two major theatres in the immediate area. That allowed me opportunities to return to the classroom and work with students and community members of all ages.
Teaching has always been a part of what I do; whether it was helping a younger colleague in the field, offering assistance to a teacher, or being in a classroom. Giving back and sharing my love for the arts and learning has always been a priority. Working as a tutor would be yet one more way to continue that service.
An undergraduate degree in Music Education led me to graduate school, where I was able to build on my love and expertise in one field and add another that was close to my heart, theatre. Over the course of 9 years, music and theatre took me all over the country; working in professional theatres on both coasts as a professional stage manager, while
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As a voice major with a B.S. in Music Education and an M.F.A. in Music/Theatre direction, along with post-graduate work in an Opera Performance program, I received extensive ear training. Professional work after graduation included performance both as a soloist and member of the chorus of the former CT Opera Company, vocal training and coaching as well as, tutoring in Music Theory. Additionally, I have worked in the capacity as a Music Director and Conductor.
I have worked in K-12 classrooms for the past 20 years through my prior employment.
My undergraduate degree is in Music Education; my primary instrument was voice. My Graduate degree, an MFA, was bestowed on courses in both Theatre and Music - specifically, in Music courses in conducting, piano, voice, and composition. I also tutored as well as taught Music Theory and voice both in graduate school and after. I studied and worked as a Music Director, and also performed professionally in the former CT Opera Company, as well as a soloist with various groups.
My undergraduate degree is in Music Education, which required 2 years of Music Theory, Composition, and Orchestration. My graduate degree is a combination Music/Theatre, as a Musical Director. While in graduate school I also tutored undergrads in theory as well as taught intro music theory in the theatre department to actors and directors.
For more than 20 years I have worked in positions that required contract approval, creating contracts, creating and proofing newsletters, marketing materials, and study guides.
I have also worked as an independent contract as a writer and editor for the John F Kennedy Center and Audio Description Solutions.
With a combination degree in Music and Theatre and 30+ years working professionally in the theatre which also included residencies in classrooms and community settings, reading scripts and literature as well as supporting the grant process, all require excellent reading and responsive actions.
I also wrote and/or edited more than 30 study guides used in middle and high school classrooms.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in the educational field, and a graduate degree in the arts, I've also spent more than 20+ years in managerial positions requiring funding applications, program reporting, and classroom teaching. My current work involving writing also requires a great deal of editing; spelling is key. Plus, it's always been something I'm good at.
As a result of my work in the theatre department during my undergraduate years, I was accepted into the MFA graduate program in Directing at Ohio University. Following my internship, I was hired as a professional stage manager and worked in that capacity for 20+ years. After that, I worked professionally in a performing arts center both as the Director of Education and Community Outreach Services and for the next 11 years as the Director of Education and Accessibility Services. All told, I've worked in the theatre for 35 years.
My primary instrument during both undergraduate and graduate school was voice, receiving a B.S. in Music Education, focusing on vocal/choral work, with an M.F.A. in Music Theatre Direction, with a focus on vocal coaching and Conducting. I also spent a year and a half enrolled in an Opera Performance post-graduate program, performing in several operas. I sang professionally in the former CT Opera Company's chorus and have also worked as a vocal coach and Music Director.
For 21 years as the Director of Education for 2 performing arts entities, often I was required to create and/or edit study guides used in middle and high school classrooms, create contracts for visiting artists, assist in the grant writing process for programmatic funding, along with writing and editing documents for other arts organizations.