I grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. My harp career
was ordained at birth. When I was born, my mother was in the maternity
ward with a harpist, and they became good friends afterwards.
When I expressed an interest in playing a musical instrument my
mother nudged me in the direction of her harpist friend, Virginia
Robbins, and my harping career began.
After I learned enough music to play more than
10 minutes, I played for bank openings, talent shows, The March
of Dimes telethon, weddings, and Sunday brunch at the Dow Hotel
in Freeport, Texas. I also accompanied my high school choir for
Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." I did not major in music
in college but I did play with the band and orchestra.
I taught biology in public schools for 21 years
and my harp became a very pretty conversation piece in the living
room. Upon ending my career as a biology teacher I once again
turned to the harp as a serious vocation. I am now a free-lance
harpist in the Central Texas area (Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas
Cove, Lampasas, Gatesville, Temple, Salado, Cameron, Burnet, Marble
Falls) where I play for weddings, receptions, dinners, and church
services. I have also played with the high school choirs in the
area and occasionally play with a semi-professional symphony and
a college orchestra. I have also played for events in Waco, Austin,
Dallas, and Houston. I am a member of the American Harp Society
chapter in Austin and am in that organization's harp ensemble.
I am also a member of the World Harp Congress and the Suzuki Association
In 1995 I began teaching Suzuki harp to a friend's
four-year-old daughter. Now I have several young students and
two adult students and enjoy teaching harp very much. My students
have gone on to launch harping careers of their own. As an ensemble
we have taped a Christmas program for a local television station
and we have played with Suzuki students in Austin for the annual
Capitol Rotunda Christmas program.