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Music has been a significant part of my life from as early as I can remember.
- K - 8th: I took piano lessons in 1st through 3rd grade, then another year or so in 7th and 8th grade. I consider myself a slightly above average pianist. I accompanied my high school freshman chorus, regular chorus, and a small ensemble (12th grade). I'm just good enough to know I'm not good enough to do it professionally!
- 6th - 12th grade: I sang Alto (low female voice) in 6th - 12th grade chorus and when not playing piano in the small ensemble, also sang Alto. Very occasionally, I sang Tenor to help strengthen the part.
- Freshman and Sophmore College: I performed in a small ensemble my first year and after missing half a year for back surgery, sang in the regular chorus at the junior college where I began my college education
- Junior - Senior College: I sang tenor in the large, general chorus, because the number of men available to sing that range was very out of balance!
- Graduate College: Although I was not majoring in music, I sang in a Madrigal ensemble and a small women's ensemble. I surprised the instructor during my audition for the Madrigal ensemble: as he was checking my lower range, I shifted from an upper voice into a chest voice. He wasn't expecting that from a non-music major!
- Piano lessons: when a friend needed a piano teacher for his children, he asked me if I'd be willing. I've been teaching basic to intermediate level piano with them for over 10 years.
- Voice: I joined the Columbus Symphony Chorus in 1994 and have been singing Alto II since then. There is nothing quite like standing on a stage with 140 or so voices, surrounded by instruments, and making music together! If you enjoy singing classical and some contemporary or pops numbers, the auditions are usually in late August and early January.