I have been a music faculty member here at Jamestown Community College since 1974. I attended Ithaca College on a vocal performance scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1972. From then until May of 1973 I served as a vocal music educator for Sidney Central Schools in Sydney, New York.
I began my master's in music education during the fall of 1973 and graduated in the spring of 1974. I became a full time instructor of music at Jamestown Community College in the fall of 1974. I continued graduate studies and hold over thirty hours past the master's of graduate level credits in music from the University of Pittsburgh, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. I have received the Jamestown Community College Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching twice. I am a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, and the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association.
Teaching and making music have been and continue to be wonderfully enjoyable facets of my life. I value the interactive exchange between our students and myself. I learn from them as well. I have always attempted to foster a teaching environment where students and instructors arrive at a place of harmony where everyone enjoys and learns from the classroom and performance experiences. I also enjoy the camaraderie which develops between music faculty and students in the making of music, in which we are all trying to achieve the same goals and excellence. Watching a student grow as a musician, scholar, and person is a privilege.
My performances in music include recitals and concerts as soloist or conductor, and I have sung under the direction of such masters as Eugene Ormandy, Aaron Copeland, Michael Tillson Thomas, and others. I have also been a performer in summer stock, and have performed outside of the academic environment in jazz and pop groups.
When I arrived at JCC, the music program consisted of one music theory course, a small choir, a very small stage band and a music history course. Since that time, the JCC music program has developed into an Associate's in Fine Arts/Music and a one year certificate in Digital Audio Production. We have received stage and federal grants which have provided us state of the art audio studios, inventory and facilities to fully support our programs.