some history and reflections
My house growing up was a rich musical environment. I was immersed in song and opera.
Cedar Grove, NJ had a string program in the public schools, run by Sally Potosky. She was charismatic and I signed up!
At Oberlin College I conducted student-directed opera productions and developed my zeal for string quartet playing.
My first job was with a string quartet & orchestra in Sioux Falls, SD. I looked up to my 20-something colleagues so much! The violist in my quartet, Mary Harris, taught me how to teach beginners and I was hooked.
Over the years, the ebb and flow of playing, conducting, and teaching has been gratifying, like riding waves at the ocean. I consistently seek new sources of inspiration.