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Music has always been a very strong influence in my life. Even so, I did not have the privilege of having much formal training in music. My earliest memories were of my sister and me learning to play songs on a miniature organ. I enjoyed music and managed to learn to play a few songs with one finger. We sang hymns around the piano with my mother every day. As a child I sang regularly in little church choirs, and later in an adult choir. 

I got my degree in elementary education. Music was present in my life in choirs and choral singing, but still I had not begun any serious formal training. I took a few music classes in college, but that was it.

I did not begin formal music training until after my son was born. I was determined to learn to play hymns for our small church congregation, and taught myself the basics in 6 months, then took a year of formal piano lessons. After my daughter was born, I decided to learn guitar.

When my daughter, Abby, was 2 years old, I brought her to Mountain Top’s class for toddlers (with Jess West). We loved it. When she was in preschool music with Ellen Schwindt, I decided to see if I could teach music to children at Mountain Top Music Center, so I asked Ellen about employment – and here I am enjoying the most exciting job of my life. I love music and children, so I guess you could say that there isn’t anything I would rather be doing.

With recording help from Chad Cummings, I’ve now brought out several CDs, including many songs I sing with the babies and toddlers at Mountain Top.

Music has always been my joy, my healing, and a means of expressing every emotion I feel. Mountain Top Music Center has let me turn this love into a career.


The green “CONCERT SCHEDULE AND RESERVATIONS” button on this page will take you to a schedule of concerts. There is no need to sign in to view the schedule, but when you click “Add to Cart” to reserve seats, you will be asked to sign in with a user ID and password. If you have bought a concert ticket in the last several years, that info was emailed to you on or around April 26, 2018. If you have misplaced your info, click on “Forgot” and enter the primary email for your household (the one that receives concert directions and/or invoices from Mt Top). That address will then receive an email with your credentials (you may have to check your spam).  You can also call our office between 10 and 5  Monday through Thursday and we will give you your information. If you are a new user (never registered for a lesson, purchased a concert ticket, or recently donated to Mountain Top), you must create an account in order to purchase a concert ticket. You will receive email confirmation of your payment.

A few hints:

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  • To see concerts in chronological order, select Sort By Start Date in the upper-right corner of the listing screen.
  • Ignore any references to selecting a “pay plan.”

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