Why did you decide to start flying trapeze? I went to Trapeze School because my fear of heights was becoming overwhelming. During the first two classes, my heart raced as my mind warned me not to jump. I am happy that I was able to move beyond these feelings and experience the transformation of fear into exhilaration and fun!
What made you decide to play the flute? I knew I wanted to play the flute when I saw my 3rd grade teacher swab out her flute. I was amazed at how the cleaning rod went in one end and magically came out the other end. I knew I had to have a flute to clean out. Once the magic of cleaning it out wore off I realized how much I loved playing the flute!
Are other people in your family musicians? My brother is a composer and high school music teacher in Connecticut. My parents were not musicians per se but they supported all of our musical endeavors. My daughter is an excellent bassoonist who I love to play with.
What do you love most about Body Mapping? Body Mapping uncovers the artistic possibilities within musicians and brings out sounds and expression that you had only been previously imagined. I love how mapping reveals a breadth of artistic choices available, allowing the music to sing out effortlessly!
What is your favorite music to listen to? I love all kinds of music, modern, classical, jazz but I really enjoy listening to the smooth tunes of Jack Johnson and the complexity of Dave Matthews’ music.
What quality do you admire most in your Flying Flutistas partner? I love how Lynne sets the bar high and inspires me to do things I didn’t think were possible. Lynne also has an incredible talent for for envisioning and creating new music, combining the old with the new.
When you’re not playing flute or doing trapeze, what is your favorite thing to do? I love being with my family and watching my girls move through their lives, conquering challenges and uncovering their passions.
A funny fact that most people would be surprised to learn about you: I’ve never tasted sour cream.
Degrees: Master of Music in Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Kyril Magg and Jack Wellbaum. Bachelor of Music in Performance, cum laude, State University of New York at Potsdam, Kenneth Andrews.