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Email: Click Here
Phone: 480-472-5049


Welcome to my orchestra webpage and thanks for visiting. Please visit often as I will be updating this site with concert information, orchestra weblinks, and instructional materials. If you need to reach me, email is best.  You may also call me at the numbers listed below.  Please know that during the school day, the phones answer directly to voicemail.

Whitman Elementary -  480.472.5049, room 49

Bush Elementary - 480.472.8535, room 35

Franklin at Brimhall - 480.472.2643, room 702


It is my pleasure to be able to help your child learn all about the world of stringed instruments! This is my twenty-fourth year as a public school string orchestra teacher and my ninth year in the Mesa Public Schools. In 2014 I was nominated for the Arizona Governor's Arts Award in the Arts in Education, Individual Category.  Also, in April of 2014 I received the Employee of the Month Award from the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board and Whitman Elementary School. In February 2016, I was nominated by the City of Chandler for a Volunteer Recognition Award for my volunteer work with Desert Sounds. I am glad to be teaching again at Barbara Bush Elementary every morning,  Whitman Elementary every afternoon, and Franklin at Brimhall after school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

While studying viola at the Meadowmount Summer Music Festival in New York, I met Dr. William Magers, viola professor at Arizona State University.  Twenty-eight years ago, in 1988, I transferred from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia to ASU School of Music to continue my musical studies.  I finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees at ASU on viola performance and completed the Post-Bac program in string education.   As a freelance violist, I enjoy performing with local professional string quartets and string ensembles whenever the opportunity arises. 


Currently, I am the musical director for Mariachi Sones del Desierto, a youth mariachi program under the umbrella of Desert Sounds.  I have enjoyed working with the students and seeing the program expand to its current multi-level, K-12 program.    

I am also coordinator of the MPS Dia De Los Muertos concert held each year at the Mesa Arts Center. Each year many district students perform in this festival, a joint venture between Mesa Public Schools and the Mesa Arts Center. It is a wonderful opportunity to perform on a world class stage and to be a part of a fabulous weekend long festival. To see the very first performance,  Click Here

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