I graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT with a B.A. in English . . .
I then graduated from Hartt College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Voice, cum laude;
and also earned membership in 'Alpha Chi' National Honor Society.
During studies at Hartt I spent 2 summers at the American School of Music at Fontainebleau, France; Dir. Nadia Boulanger.
I studied on scholarship at the Maurice Ravel Academy in St. Jean-de-luz, France with famed French art song singer, Pierre Bernac.
I attended the Oren Brown Vocal Institute on scholarship; and auditioned for a coach/conductor at NYC Opera, who invited me to move to New York where he assured me I would enjoy a successful career as a coloratura soprano. This is my 'road not taken.'
I have performed in concert, musicals and oratorio with orchestra. I especially enjoy singing and playing piano while talking with my audience. This format is most comfortable for me.
I have written 5 books, and my style is closest to C.S. Lewis, since animals and toys talk in my books . . . I have created a loving heaven where Bentley, my beloved cat, assists St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Warm, sometimes humorous, they are not children's books; one deals with the suicide of my beloved Vincent van Gogh and the other with the redeeming love of Jesus, the Wounded Healer, for those who suffered sexual abuse as children 'in the name of God.' Can there be any worse horror than childhood sexual abuse?
My writings are varied; some of my works are recorded with my singing in the background.
I look forward to being published someday soon. "Mother's Day" is the honest telling of the 3 1/2 years I cared for my adoptive mother; she had dementia, could not speak and was in a wheelchair. She died in 2004 at 93. This was a deeply peaceful time in my life. I have recorded this on C.D.
In addition to all of my studies, I have irritated more than my share of local politicians, and have reluctantly earned a Post Doctoral degree from "Life's School of Hard Knocks."