- Music Performance, Anthropology/Sociology
- Graduate School:
- M.M., The Peabody Conservatory
- Washington, D.C.
- Director of Operations, Fairfax Choral Society, Annandale, Va.
- In a nutshell, what do you do?
- I recently transitioned from a performance career into the field of arts administration. At FCS, I execute the performance season for nine youth choirs and one adult symphonic chorus. I also help to manage the fundraising, outreach and marketing activities for the organization.
- What are you working on right now?
- We just completed our December performances that consisted of two youth concerts, one adult concert, three outreach performances and one fundraising event. This month we will begin preparing for three March concerts, which include a partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools and a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams works in collaboration with the Amadeus Orchestra.
- Why do you love what you do?
- I get a thrill when FCS singers take the stage. This is especially true of our youth choruses. Music education and outreach have become my passion, and seeing the camaraderie that develops among these young singers really brings me back to why I love choral music. It is the team sport of singing and really creates a special community. Every year we ask our seniors to write about their experience with FCS so we can share it in the program of their final concert. Last season, a young singer wrote about how he planned to end his life, but attending choir rehearsals brought him back from that dark place. I love what I do because it is so important.
- How did Albion help you get there?
- I never would have become a singer, and then an arts administrator, if I did not attend Albion. Several professors in the Music Department saw something in me that I was not aware of as an 18-year-old first-year. The Music faculty offered me my first choral solo, first role in an opera, first time singing with an orchestra, first competition win, and even a couple of professional gigs. They were the first people who told me that music was not just a crazy dream, but a legitimate professional goal.
- For me, Albion...
- ...is a place to discover who you are supposed to be.
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