Music has always been my passion. When I was five, I began asking for singing lessons and finally, when I was seven, it was agreed I could take piano lessons. So, I decided that my piano would be my singing teacher, and it was. I sang along with every song I learned to play. You can imagine the interesting variety of popular and classical music I was singing.
Growing up in North Bay, I also belonged to the local ‘garage’ band, played percussion in the school bands and performed in our high school musical productions under the musical direction of Bob Pyper (RIP), who I was very lucky to meet again in my adult life through the Barbershop Harmony Society.
I am a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and I am semi-retired, having decided to work for myself for the remainder of my career. Previously, I worked for a large insurance company for 30 years. In 1991 I joined the Christmas choir at the office and met my friend Kelly, who introduced me to the Toronto Accolades and the barbershop style of singing.
I loved the harmonies from the first barbershop chord I heard sung. For almost ten years, I was a singing member of the Toronto Accolades and also spent time as lead section lead, registered quartet competitor in Act-A-Chordingly, board member and music chair. Then, in 2000, we needed a director and we decided I should give it a try. The chorus gives me incredible support as I continuously strive to improve my directing skills and help lead this wonderful group of women to our common goal of improving our performance.
I am also Assistant Director to the wonderful and talented Director, Jordan Travis, at the Golden Horseshoe Chorus, and I sing in an international medalist quartet, Skyfall, with three great friends. In addition to this, I am a singing member of North Metro Chorus, which is an international championship chorus of Sweet Adelines International (SAI). In 2017, I took on the position of Chorus Director Development Coordinator on the International Board of Harmony, Inc. As I strive to develop my skill set through these endeavours, I am also excited about finding ways to help others develop their skills.
Other joys in my life include my two sons Alex and Matthew (no surprise they both play musical instruments, like to sing and are developing good voices), and my husband Rob, who also loves the barbershop style of life (lead singer in Northern Lights chorus, Contest Administrator for the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and Past President of the Ontario District (BHS)). I also really enjoy my extended family, my friends, Zumba, Yoga and going to the movies.