I am passionate about teaching and performing, and I have a deep desire to keep the performing arts alive and expressive. My philosophy encompasses both centuries of inherited pedagogical traditions as well as many innovative ideals. I bring my strong belief in the transformative power of performing arts to my work as a performer and teacher.
All my training and experiences have firmly established me in the field of vocal performance. My intensive and expansive voice studies, years of performing experiences, wide-ranging teaching experiences as well as my background in the theatre, foreign languages, indigenous studies and body-mind work are strengths that I bring to any position. Furthermore, my work as a performer and teacher has been has benefited immeasurably through collaborating with colleagues from other departments as well as by participating in other degree programs.
Today's performing artists, in our ever-changing global culture, need grounding in techniques as well as new ideas brought into their education. It is important to include interdisciplinary approaches and creativity along with high academic standards. Present moment focus is an integral part of my teaching. Education is about increasing the student's knowledge base by transmitting information, as well as about developing each student's unique gifts by bringing out that which lies within each individual.
It is crucial for students in the performing arts to nourish their own creativity and imagination. I am grateful for having been able to pursue and combine both academic knowledge and the study of the creative, and I continue to learn and teach the importance of this balance and its role in the long-term development of the artist. It is not only possible, but also necessary for students to combine creativity with academic knowledge. I believe it is important to learn how to access the deep archetypal well of the creative to keep moving toward a more soulful and expressive art form.
The demands of today's world can easily put overwhelming pressure on students. We are still fortunate to have the performing arts as an integral part of academia in many universities and colleges across the world. Those of us who are fortunate to work within the performing arts know of its importance for the human soul, thus we have a responsibility to keep it alive by being innovative without losing meaning and vision.