Voice part: Soprano 1
Years active as a musician: 23
Years active in BAC: 3
Your favorite part of being a BAC member: I love singing with the Bay Area Chorus because I love serving our community with great music. I get to sing with old friends from Clear Lake High School, my first voice teacher Jeanette Chase, and Milton Pullen. I didn’t get a chance to sing with him in high school, and now I have the privilege of singing under his direction.
I studied voice with Jeanette at San Jacinto College, and once performed Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury.” That performance stuck with me as I completed my bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Houston—Clear Lake. After auditing with national and international accounting firms, I quit my job and went back to school at the University of Houston central campus to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Music – Vocal Performance, graduating summa cum laude in May 1993.
I performed in Children’s Theatre, operas, musical theatre and plays all over the Houston area from 1992 – 1996. I went to NYC with Lois Alba – my voice teacher at the time – and performed over 90 auditions for opera, music theatre, plays, film and television. I was written up twice in local NYC papers. When I returned home in 1998, I sang with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society – “Patience” and sang with the St. John’s Episcopal Choir on Sunday nights. I also performed solos for Unity Church of Houston.
Since that time, I have been busy rebuilding my accounting career, which left me little time for music, including earning a M.S. in accounting from UHCL in May 2010. I resumed voice lessons in 2012 and then decided to join the Bay Area Chorus, which has been so rewarding for me. I can maintain my career and sing part-time with the BAC and spread the joy of music to the community.