As luck (or fate) would have it at an early age I had an incredibly gifted music teacher who gave me the encouragement and opportunity to learn how to conduct a choir. This lead to me studying music and I’ve been leading classical, pop and jazz choirs ever since.
The amateur choirs I’ve had the pleasure to work with for the past 35 years have been in Sweden, Scotland, England and The Netherlands. I’ve worked with a varied repertoire including madrigals, classical works, pop, gospel and jazz.
My primary focus is on creating a relaxed, happy and creative singing environment. There is an increasing body of scientific evidence that show that singing is good for us, and singing together is even better!
I had the great fortune to grow up in a musically supportive household. I started playing the guitar when I was eight years old and my mother took me to folk song singing groups and music festivals. I lived in upstate New York for some of my childhood and I was inspired by people like Pete Seeger.
During my years in Scotland I often played double bass in a ceilidh band and learned the difference between a jig and reel. Later on I lived in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland and had the opportunity to play guitar and mandola with many of the excellent traditional musicians that live there such as Olcan Masterson (pictured above).