Born Montgomery, NY. B.M.Ed. with double major in Piano Performance, State University of New York at Fredonia. M.S.Ed., Shenandoah University. Further studies in jazz education, Eastman School of Music. Orff certification, New Jersey City University. Major teachers include Lucille Richardson and German Diez and jazz studies with Kenny Werner. Suzuki training with Haruko Kataoka, Marcia Lewis, Victoria von Arx and others. Active performer and improvisation clinician. Also conducts workshops in using music to teach language. Speaks Russian and Spanish.