I started taking piano lessons when I was about 7 years old. I experienced the weekly piano lessons, daily practice which I disliked, and the typical recitals of all the piano teacher's students. I begged my mom to let me quit, but now I am SO grateful that she didn't concede to my tears or tantrums.
My first job when I was 15 was playing piano for the Christmas parties and Sunday church services at a local senior home. By that time, I was pleased that I was able to earn spending money playing piano. I also played piano in the Baptist church and private school that I attended in San Diego.
Fast forward to my life as an adult when I married at 21 and moved to Denver. I didn't have a piano at home, and didn't think much about playing one as I became involved with family, work, friends and life in general.
In the Summer of 2013, I had a profound conversation with a stranger, and I remember she asked me, "what is something that you want to do for yourself?" "Play piano again" was my reply. Not more than a week or two after that, I sought out Jonathan Cernan, a talented piano teacher that I knew and trusted and took a few lessons from him with the goal of learning to play songs that I enjoy, rather than the classical and sacred music that I grew up learning to play. I was able to recall the music theory and instruction that I learned as a young person and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down at my piano to play the music that I love.
Playing for my own pleasure was not enough for me however, which is why I chose, and continue to seek out various venues where I can play for others to enjoy as well.
As a pianist, my aim is to provide beautiful, ambient music for your wedding, private event, lounge, restaurant, or senior community. My style incorporates current easy-listening hits as well as pop and jazz standards from the last several decades.
"Music is the universal language of mankind."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow