Teaching Artist Highlights: In 2016, through a grant from Lifetime Arts to the Harrison NY Public Library, I created and presented a workshop, "Singin' & Swingin': Adventures in Jazz, Blues and Improvisation." The program includes learning to sing and scat on jazz standards; exploring the intricacies of swing rhythm; creating an original blues tune; using free improvisation vocal techniques. In 2017 I was awarded a Yonkers Initiative Grant to present the workshop at the Yonkers Public Library.
As a member of the teaching artist roster for ArtsWestchester since 2010, I conduct residencies in Music and Movement in schools and community settings throughout Westchester County. In March 2015 and November 2016, I presented a 3-evening workshop series: An Introduction to Vocal Jazz at the Hoff Barthelson School of Music, Scarsdale NY. I have also worked with emotionally vulnerable adults at a day treatment program at the White Plains Hospital, leading the participants in jazz listening, movement and original song creation.
Jazz Vocalist Highlights: Founder and manager, Ladies Day Jazz Ensemble, a group of women musicians dedicated to performing the compositions of classic and contemporary jazz women. Our CD, "Ladies Day" was released in August 2017 to critical acclaim from leading jazz publications, such as Downbeat and All About Jazz. I also perform frequently in the tri-state area leading my own band or with other groups, performing a repertoire that includes jazz standards; works from the Great American Songbook; and original compositions and collaborations.