A Little About Me!
Growing up in a small farm town let me spend my childhood
sitting around bonfires and watching meteor showers every summer.
There is something special about taking a breath of fresh country air
while listening to the coyotes howl!
I took up the trumpet in 4th grade for fun, and then did the same in 5th grade with choir.
I slowly fell in love with music and performed in my 1st musical in the summer after
7th grade, when I was Flotsam in The Little Mermaid Jr. at my local community
theatre. This was my first summer I could remember where I didn't play baseball,
and it ended up being the best decision of my life.
When I auditioned for the Wizard of Oz the following summer, I was
not sure what would happen and was beyond excited when I was
cast as the Cowardly Lion. This was the role that changed my singing
and taught me to use what my mom calls my "Lion Voice." Next
came many voice lessons that started with a local teacher, and then
once junior year of high school hit, I started lessons with
Professor John Koch at Illinois State University.
I went into these lessons with the intention of majoring in Musical Theatre
and he pushed me in ways I was never pushed before vocally. This led to
my acceptance into the BFA Musical Theatre program at Millikin University
in Decatur, Illinois, where I would also receive a Minor in Dance.
Through my lessons with Dr. Amy Fuller during my 4 years led to
my exposure to Somatic Voicework the LoVetri Method. Over
Christmas break of my junior year and the summer that followed,
I completed the 3 level certification. I was then hired by Millikin's
Preparatory Department as a private voice teacher for current
students and community members who did not take voice lessons
for credit. I've had students ranging from 10 years old to mid 30's.
Most recently, I had the pleasure of serving as the Chorus Captain for
Children of Eden in Concert at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago
in October 2022. Having the opportunity to use both my performance
and my teaching skills in a production of this size was a dream come
I look forward to seeing how else I can use both of these skill sets
throughout the future of my career!