I have over 40 plus years of experience in teaching private piano and voice lessons as well as public performing. I have worked extensively (playing piano, organ, keyboard and singing) across-the-board in various different fields of music as well as professional musical performance all throughout my career.
Each Christmas holiday, for twenty consecutive years, I performed as both the Contralto and Soprano Soloist in numerous nationwide performances of Handel's Messiah. Since moving to East Texas and setting up my private music studio, I have been a vocal soloist with the Tyler Civic Chorale under the direction of Richard Herr.
I also sang as guest soloist with Marvin Methodist Church Chancel Choir under the directorship of Dr. Clyde Wolford, and performed exclusively as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, under the directorship of Dr. Joseph Kirshbaum from 1972-1976.
Many years prior to establishing my current music studio and home base in East Texas, starting at the age of seventeen years old, I traveled and toured with Fred Waring's ''Young Pennsylvanians'' under the directorship of Dr. Norman Belle from The Juilliard School (of Music) in New York City. I later performed in Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act comic opera, The Telephone, or L'Amour à Trois, with the Jackson, Mississippi Opera Company. During the years of 1953-1956, the city of Jackson, Mississippi gave me my own television show, ''Portraits in Song", where I sang alongside the leading co-star and well-known musical artist of that era, Merser McCool. Starting in 1955, I became a vocal soloist in the ''Billy Graham Crusade Choir.''
Throughout the summer of 1956, The Atlanta, Georgia Opera Company gave me the role of ''Magnolia'' in the musical ''Showboat'' by Jerome Kern. I subsequently played the role of ''Clara'' in ''Porgy and Bess'' by George Gershwin, the role of ''Butterfly'' in ''Madame Butterfly'' and the role of ''Mimi'' in ''La bohème'' by Giacomo Puccini, the role of ''Carmen'' in ''Carmen'' by Georges Bizet and the role of ''Leila'' in ''The Pearl Fishers'' also written by Georges Bizet as well as the role of ''Aida'' in ''Aida'' by Giuseppe Verdi. Twelve additional and coinciding years were spent working under contract with the New Orleans Opera Company as Soprano Soloist, where I was awarded the opportunity to perform professionally all over the United States. During this time, I was privileged to have performed with such famous musicians as Theodor Uppman (concert pianist and baritone singer), George London (bass baritone singer), Lily Pons (bel canto singer), Nadine Conner (coloratura soprano singer), Jerome Hines (baritone singer), Richard Tucker (tenor singer), Eleanor Steaber(coloratura soprano singer), Eileen Farrell (soprano singer), Fred Scott (tenor singer), Eugene Conley (tenor singer) and Jack Burnham (bass baritone singer), just to name a few.
Until his passing, I was a private life-long piano student of Dr. Grady Cox, who studied with the highly renowned piano instructor Madame Rosina Lhevinne of Juilliard School (of Music) in New York (under whom also studied the world famous concert pianist and former East Texan 'Van Cliburn') who won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition held in Moscow, Russia during April of 1958. I was a long time vocal student of Margarette Roberts Cox, of Cincinnati Music Conservatory, and London Royal Academy of Music. I was a music theory student of The Juilliard School's Dr. Bernise Hensler. I also studied piano, organ, accompaniment, performing arts, and music theory under the instruction of Dr. Ralph Taylor, of Rochester, N.Y. Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Mississippi College and Innsbruck, Austria University. Most of my other musical background, accomplishments and details are quite extensive and would take considerable space to list each and every one of them individually.
Take a Look at What Several of My Students Have to Say About Me!
Thanks to Suzanne's quality coaching, my singing voice has become a lot stronger and more sustained. My phrasing and breath control is better too. I don't suffer from my voice giving out and dropping off half way through a song any more like I used to. I highly recommend her to anybody in need of a good voice teacher!
Being an elderly adult without any prior music training or background, I figured it was too late to teach an old dog like myself any new tricks. Thank Miss Brittania at Infinity Music Studio for proving me wrong. She has taught me so much more than I ever imagined was possible and helped build confidence in myself and bring out the inner musician in me that I never even realized I had.