Personal Statement:
  1. I am a musician and educator, a recorder teacher who teaches children, adults, including those with special needs, from beginner to advanced. I am also a seasoned arts administrator who successfully turned around two struggling non-profit arts institutions. I provided successful leadership to faculty, students and families, and worked closely with boards of directors to strengthen organizational infrastructure, fundraising capacity, and community involvement. This work has provided me with a deep understanding of the transformative power of arts education and the life-long opportunities it opens to individuals and the value it has for our communities.

  1. Master of Music Degree in Early Music Performance (recorder and voice), New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (1980)
  2. B.A. Major in Music, State University of New York at Binghamton (1976)
  3. Diploma, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, NYC (1970)

Work Experience:
  1. Executive Director, Neighborhood Music School (NMS), New Haven, CT (1996–2014)
    NMS is one of the largest non-profit Community Arts Schools in the country with a budget of $4.6 Million (FY14), and a faculty of more than 130 artists/educators chosen both for their artistic ability and their strength as teachers, and a Financial Aid Program of more than $200,000 designated for economically disadvantaged students and families.

  2. Executive Director, Brookline Music School, MA (1984–1996)
    In 1984 Brookline Music operated out of a small office in Brookline High School and used all the elementary schools to teach after-school lessons. In 1992, after completing a one million dollar renovation, the School moved into it's first permanent home, the historic Hill-Kennard-Ogden House.

Key Accomplishments at Neighborhood Music School:
  • Tripled budget from $1.5M to $4.5M
  • Enrollment grew from 1,500 to 3,000
  • Led the school through a successful $6M capital campaign that resulted in the completion of an expansion and major renovation of the school's 30,000 sq. ft. main facility
  • Procured lead capital grants from the Kresge Foundation, New Alliance, Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the State of Connecticut
  • Increased accessibility and diversity through growth of Financial Aid Program from $30,000 to more than $200,000
  • Guided NMS through its centennial celebrations in 2011–12, with expanded programming, community visibility, and a successful endowment campaign
  • Launched the NMS City Initiative, a partnership between NMS and the New Haven Public Schools, that brought underserved city students into NMS, while providing them with rigorous music education
  • Expanded programming for adults, including Creative Aging programs for older adults and a Dancing with Parkinson's Program that addresses their needs through movement and music with a Mark Morris Dance Company trained specialist
  • Selected by the Kresge Foundation to receive a SAFE (Strengthening Arts Facilities Effectively) matching grant over 6 years for building maintenance. NMS was one of only a handful arts organizations chosen.
  • Invited to participate in the White House Community Classroom Series in 2009, an event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. NMS was one of only eight community music schools selected from across the country.

Key Accomplishments at Brookline Music School:
  • Grew budget from $150K to $1M and enrollment from 400 to 1200
  • Successfully completed a $1M capital campaign, with Kresge Foundation support, to fund the first permanent home for BMS in its 70 year history
  • Received a $162,000 multi-year matching grant from Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund to expand scholarship opportunities and faculty enrichment programs
  • Received support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and many local foundations

Professional Teaching Experience:
  1. Recorder Faculty, private and group instruction, Neighborhood Music School (1996–present)
  2. Recorder Faculty, private and group instruction, Brookline Music School (1984–1996)
  3. Private recorder teacher (since 1974)

Summer workshops:
  1. Pinewoods Early Music Week faculty (20 years since 1983)
  2. Amherst Early Music Festival faculty (1988, 2012, 2015)

Workshop leader for American Recorder Society:
  1. Ann Arbor Recorder Society
  2. Eastern Connecticut Recorder Society
  3. Recorder Society of CT
  4. Long Island Recorder Society
  5. New York Recorder Guild
  6. Westchester Recorder Guild
  7. Boston Recorder Society
  8. Princeton Recorder Society
  9. Travelling Teacher Program

Private Workshops:
  1. Susan Iadone, CT (2003-2015)
  2. Binghamton , NY (2015)
  3. Baekeland, Adirondacks, NY (2015)
  4. Ithaca, NY (2012)

Current Music Performance:
  1. Member of the Yale Camerata and Chamber Chorus (2014–present)
  2. Baritone section leader, United Church of Christ on the New Haven Green (2014–present)

Highlights of Past Music Performance:
  1. Guest artist with "Early On" SUNY Binghamton, (November 2015)
  2. Recorder soloist with Christ Cathedral Church, Hartford, CT Bach Cantata series (October 2015)
  3. Member of the Boston Camerata, Joel Cohen, Director; performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe (1979–1985)
  4. Recorder soloist with the Boston Classical Orchestra, Harry Ellis Dickson, Director in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall (1996)
  5. Member of the Pro-Arte Singers, Arthur Sjögren, Director (1998–2007)
  6. Early music performer Yale Center for British Art (1999)
  7. Singer, Yale Norfolk Summer Festival (2000)
  8. Countertenor soloist with Cappella Cantorum (2002)
  9. Recorder soloist with the Live Music Project, Fairfield University (2004)
  10. Guest artist, recorder, with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (NYC)—Bach Cantata Series Orchestra (2004–06 and 2008–11)
  11. Recorder soloist with Orchestra New England, James Sinclair, Conductor (2012)
  12. Annual faculty concerts at the Neighborhood Music School

  1. "2013 ARTS Award" recipient (one of six from a pool of 120) from the Greater New Haven Arts Council. The Arts Award is one of the most prestigious arts awards in the state—it acknowledges "the artistic excellence and outstanding achievements of visual, performing and literary artists, architects, arts educators, advocates and administrators whose contributions enable the arts to thrive in the region."

  2. 2013 recipient of the National Guild "Milestone Certificate of Appreciation" for long-standing (20+ years), and exceptional service to the field

  3. "1995 Citizen of the Year Award" Brookline Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of the accomplishments at Brookline Music School and for renovation of the historic Hill-Kennard-Ogden House, providing BMS with it's first permanent home

  1. Honor and Recognition from Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of CT (2014)
  2. Official Citation from the State of CT General Assembly (2014)
  3. Proclamation of the City of New Haven, Toni N. Harp, Mayor recognizing an outstanding tenure at NMS (2014)

  1. Co-director of New Haven's Arts Industry Coalition, comprised of directors of major arts organizations in New Haven (2005–07)
  2. Council of School Directors of the National Guild for Community Arts Education
  3. Chair of the Northeast Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education
  4. Presenter at National Conference of the National Guild for Community Arts Education

Professional Affiliations:
  1. American Recorder Society, National
  2. Eastern Connecticut Recorder Society, Local Chapter
  3. Early Music America
  4. National Guild for Community Arts Education