I'd like to tell you a little about the journey that has led to my current involvement in acting and music.
I am a Connecticut native and have been in theatre and music since grammar school. I had lessons in violin and trumpet at a young age and then concentrated on piano throughout my school years. Acting became my passion in Junior High and High School prompting me to become an acting major at the University of Connecticut. It was at UConn that I discovered that along with acting, singing held much interest for me even though I come from a family of singers I never really tried it myself!
Upon graduation, with plays, musicals, and summer stock on the resume I began a 2 year run at the Downtown Cabaret of Bridgeport as a lead performer in a number of shows based on the music of different decades of the 20th century. After the cabaret I joined up with my sister to form a traveling cabaret act called "Blue Champagne". We toured all over CT and neighboring states including gigs at Inside Out and Chilie's Etc. in NYC singing everything under the sun that could be harmonized with two voices.
After our cabaret experience, which was great, I was ready to go back to school to study voice. I was fortunate to be accepted into the graduate voice department at Manhattan School of Music where I received my Master's in Voice in 1987. It was from there that I started my career in opera and concert which took me all around the Northeast with a position at Connecticut Opera performing in their touring company and in their main stage productions at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford. I also sang many concerts with various organizations all over CT.
It was at that point that I started my own studio giving private instruction in voice and piano which is still going strong today. When I finished my work with Connecticut Opera I formed a vocal chamber quartet called "Cantablile Vocal Quartet" which performs concerts of all types of vocal music for solo, duet, trio and quartet. Our selections range from Bach to Broadway and everything in between. We successfully published a recording of Liza Lehmann's "In a Persian Garden" and Thomas Dunhill's "Songs of the River" which got great reviews and is still played on public radio throughout the world.
This all brings me to the present. Just a few years ago I felt it was time to get back to acting as a career. Since then I have been lucky to be in a number of commercials (one where I even got to play the piano), TV shows, industrials, stage productions, print jobs and my first film. I have a number of agencies giving me a hand and I am excited about what the future will bring. I am still actively singing and I am an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Western Connecticut State University.