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Music Direction and Writing

Me at piano!.jpg
Me at piano!.jpg

a bit about music directing and me

I am a music director who cares, provides resources and pays attention to the details. I also understand the value of empowering musicians and singers to trust themselves, and discover strong choices that only they can make for themselves.

 

I bring my background as a writer, actor, musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist to these positions. I have training in musical theatre, opera, and pop/rock styles, and skills in vocal directing, piano conducting for MT pop/rock pits, music assisting/copy work, playing piano and Keys 2 parts and working knowledge of my own practice in songwriting, guitar and ukulele. As a music teacher working with youth, I love being there for the theatre nerds who have passion for learning more and being challenged, the kids new to theatre who can be sponges and learn so much and especially the wallflowers who don't even know their own power yet. 

Covers

Arranging My Life: A Senior Cabaret

In spring 2021, I wrote and performed a solo virtual cabaret featuring original poetry, music arrangements, dialogues about my life, and more. The audio from that night was recorded professionally by Daniel Erickson and graduate assistants from the Greenberg/Katzen team at American University. I'm very proud to present the live album and full cabaret here! 

Arranging My Life

Director's Note on A Living Newspaper Project: when a crisis hits home 

Through this project, inspired by Living Newspapers like One Third of a Nation, we talked to AU students and alumni to uncover stories of young people affected by the housing and eviction crisis amidst COVID-19. Our nation has failed the people who are about to become the nation. As AU students ourselves, it feels like the crisis hits home and we can tell students’ stories. We also asked about how they found help, providing resources to housing support and COVID-19 relief assistance at the end of our virtual monologue book. Looking back on our work, I know that this is just the beginning, and there are many people in this country still facing evictions in the new year. It remains essential that their voices are heard. Thinking ahead to what’s possible in 2021, I have cautious hope of a better tomorrow for all those who need a home and comfort in these dark times. View more about The Living Newspaper.

A Call For A New Federal Theatre Project

Throughout the fall 2020 semester, I worked on my senior theatre capstone, where I explored lots of firsts: engaging in playwriting and documentary theatre research inspired by Living Newspapers like One-Third of a Nation by Arthur Arent, developing original arrangements to turn "Nickel Under The Foot" and "Gus and Sadie Love Song" from The Cradle Will Rock into ensemble songs and editing vocal parts together, and directing and music directing my fellow peers. Here are some of the projects that I was involved in! 

Capstone
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