Preferred student age: 18 and over.
Preferred student level: Any level.
What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching?
The most important thing to remember is that we are always servants to the music and not the other way around. Too many times we see performers using their art as a means of self gratification. This leads to a performance lacking sincerity and honesty.
Are there specific methods or techniques that you use in your teaching that may be important to share with prospective students?
I use language that is easily understandable and visualization that allows one to not only vocalize but to imagine and dream!
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy watching people progress and bloom in their love of music.
Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood.
I am a musician who continues to sing professionally in classical and popular music.
I teach in the Theatre Conservatory at The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and I am Liturgical Music Consultant at St. Mark Catholic Church in Chicago.
What is your earliest musical experience or memory?
My earliest experience is playing the organ at church at the age of ten.
Please describe one of your favorite teachers or mentors.
My most favorite mentor has always been my first music teacher, Sister Mary Emilissa, BVM at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Chicago.
Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite musical period?
I have always enjoyed Chopin for piano music and vocal music of the 50's and 60's. Poetry at the piano and vocal line is what I like best set to a beautiful line of music.