Education and experience:
B.A. in Religion and Music, Colgate University (1981); The Presiding Bishop’s Diploma in Church Music (1998); Nichols School, Upper School Vocal and Handbell programs and senior seminar in “American Song” (2006-2016); private piano studio and piano instructor at Park School (1991-2008). Currently Organist-Choir Director at St. Joseph Cathedral; Dean of the Buffalo Chapter American Guild of Organists; Artistic Director for the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music; and Board Member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.
Music can open us up to new dimensions of sound and experience. My goal is to encourage young people to make music “with the spirit and with the understanding” – to be enthusiastic participants in music and to understand the building blocks needed to advance musical skill. Music reading is essential to this advancement, and I believe that all students can make progress as music readers. I look forward to helping the students of CAWB discover how ringing handbells can be an excellent, inclusive way of learning basic musical concepts, while enjoying the act of music making with others.