I don’t remember a time when music wasn’t a major part of my life. I started piano lessons when I was 5 years old and soon after, decided that my goal in life was to learn to play every instrument. Initially, learning to play the harp was just another instrument along my path towards that goal. It didn’t take long, however, for the harp to become my primary instrument and focus.
I attended the acclaimed Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, home to the largest and most prestigious harp department in the world, where I studied under Susann McDonald. While at IU, I received my Bachelor of Music, Master of Music (with an Instrumental Conducting cognate), and a Performer Diploma (a graduate level degree which focuses on performance). During my 9 years in school, I received invaluable experience both as a solo performer, as well as in orchestra and opera. I also served as an Associate Instructor for the harp department, completing an internship at the Lyon & Healy harp factory in Chicago as part of my training.
After college, I moved to Alabama, followed soon by a move to Tennessee once I met and married my husband Adam, until his work brought us to our current home in northern Georgia. Throughout all that time, I’ve maintained thriving teaching studios in all 3 states, performed with countless orchestras and choral ensembles, served on the faculty of a university, and performed as a professional soloist. While I love to perform with orchestras and continue to do so, I’ve felt for a long time that something was missing from my career as a harpist.
Between 2018 and 2020, I received what I felt were several signs from God that perhaps I was meant to do something else with the gifts that He has given to me. In early 2020, I made the decision to step away from teaching and much of the “professional” side of being a harpist, and focus my music and relationship with the harp towards ministry. It is my hope to travel around to churches and organizations, sharing God’s love through my music and performance. I create my own arrangements of popular hymns and Christian tunes, using the harp to bring their messages to the listeners.
I currently live in northern Georgia with my husband Adam and our 5 children: Riley, Sunny, Gurney, Ori, and Dusty. (They’re cats.) Adam works in the tabletop and board game industry, while I spend my life with music and taking care of the kitties.