Northwestern University – Certificate of Performance in Voice, 2004
Valparaiso University – Master of Music in Church Music, 2000
University of Colorado – Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance/Music Theater, cum laude, 1995
Teachers: Sunny Joy Langton (NU), Robert Harrison (CU), Jean Greer
Coaches: Sherrill Milnes (NU), Richard Boldrey (NU), Ken Smith (NU), Alan Darling (NU), Mutsumi Moteki (CU)
Directors: A. Scott Parry (JSO), Kevin Roberts (JSO), Michael LaTour (Chicago), Rudy Hogenmiller (Chicago), John Rizzo (Chicago), Gary Briggle (Valpo), Martin Isepp (CU), Dennis Jackson (CU)
Conductors: Fabio Mechetti (JSO), Michael Butterman (JSO), Sir Andrew Davis (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Bruno Bartoletti (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Christoph von Dohnányi (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Stephen Alltop (NU), Donald Palumbo (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Keith Brion, Kirk Muspratt (Northwest Indiana Symphony), Helmut Rilling
German Lied, Italian Vocal Literature, Songs of Goethe, Recitative, Opera Repertoire, Oratorio, Chanson, 20th century theory, 16th century counterpoint, church music, bibliography, American music history, Diction, Acting I and II, music history, music theory (6 years), recitative, opera theater, lyric theater stagecraft, German language study
Paper Presentation: SAMLA, Fall 2017. Street Scene, an American Opera, as high art/low art: tenement life, musical languages, and other blurred boundaries.
"Dramatism, Musical Theatre Interpretation, and Popular Artistic Production," Kenneth Burke Journal, May 2016
"An Exploration of Pedagogical Ancestry". Online Cover Story, Classical Singer, June 2014
Lecture: An Analysis of Unifying Pitch Sets in George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children, Spring 2014
Certificate Recital: a recital of arias featuring works from Semele, Semiramide, Manon, Fidelio, La Fille du Regiment, and Tartuffe.
Certificate Recital: a recital of Bach cantatas and arias for soprano including Cantata #84, #52, arias from the St. Matthew Passion, and duets from Cantata #147, #140, and the Christmas Oratorio.
Masters Thesis: Music across the curriculum as uncharted territory in the land of higher education. The paper attempts to merge the fields of music and literature by suggesting teaching African-American spirituals alongside Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Initially the paper discusses the history of the spirituals from storytelling in West Africa to the black church in America. Finally, application is made to Douglass’ Narrative with specific teaching suggestions for incorporating music into the liberal arts classroom. A case study concludes the research, which includes a daily teaching guide for the Narrative, instructor survey, and discography.
Memberships: Pi Kapp Lambda, SAI