In 35 years of teaching here, I have been able to meet many people
from all over the world and we can all share in the joy of music-making,
even though there may be language difficulties at times.
Before arriving in the US in 1969, I had studied cello in England with Michael Evans, cellist of the Dartington String Quartet at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, and Bernard Richards at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduating, I was offered a position in the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. It was an incredible experience for 3 very happy years before returning to the US with my American husband and baby son. While raising two boys in New York, I started building a teaching studio, playing with the Huntington and Queens Symphonies and in chamber music groups before moving to North Carolina. In Chapel Hill I taught strings in the local public schools and privately, and played in the Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro Symphonies, and freelance groups. During this period, I started playing the bass viola da gamba in our Chapel Hill Baroque group, I Musici di Cappella della Collina. For several summers we all attended the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College where I studied with Caterina Meints.
From 1981-86 my family were away from Chapel Hill - in Princeton, NJ (the boys attended the American Boychoir School there), and then in England to give the boys for some English education, and for me, teaching in schools in Exeter, Devon, and playing with various ensembles. I continued studying the viol with Alison Crum and playing with local consort groups.
With the exception of those sojourns, Chapel Hill has been home. On my return in 1986 I rejoined the Raleigh Symphony and became principal cellist for 19 years, reluctantly leaving recently, due to commuting challenges and gas prices. However I continue to play with the Durham Symphony closer to home, and enjoy being back with old friends. For 22 years I taught cello and strings at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill and was conductor of the Piedmont Intermediate Youth Orchestra for 10 years. As organizer of the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Competition which ran for 12 years, I enjoyed hearing the young musicians grow musically. Although we had been playing together before I left Chapel Hill, on my return, with friends Mary Frances Boyce and Ele Kinnaird, we formalised Musica into a booking agency providing professional musicians for social functions, specializing in wedding music. www.musicamusicians.com.