To devote more time to my passion for teaching, I recently retired as second harp with the National Symphony Orchestra, a position I held for seventeen years. I have been teaching the harp for over thirty-five years. Many of my students have been accepted to top conservatories in the nation and have gone on to successful careers as professional harpists. Others have found joy and enrichment through the study of the harp.
My over-arching philosophy of teaching is to meet students where they are in terms of musical level and aptitude, and guide them through the next steps to move forward in development.
A word about schools of harp technique
I grew up in a military family which moved many times during my formative years. Consequently, name a "school" of harp playing, and I have studied it for at least a year. My university training was with Salzedo-school teachers, and my approach with beginners reflects that, but ultimately I believe that one should move beyond the concept of this or that method, and do what works to create the desired sound to serve the music.