Welcome to my website!
This site exists in order to share information and knowledge
about my life "professions"--vocal music, Russian diction, and personal fitness. Here you can view photos of my
students and me, discover my favorite books and music and buy them online, and find links to other resources that I have
found valuable in all these arenas.
I am a professional mezzo-soprano,
and currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Florida State University in Tallahassee for the 2013-14 academic
year. I spent eight years as an Associate Professor (tenured) of Music at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where
I taught applied studio voice, vocal pedagogy, Russian diction, and class voice.
In addition, I am a Personal
Trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). I believe that people of any age and physical background can be "fit" in every sense of the word. I am especially
dedicated to working with those 50+ who do not have any expertise in following a work-out regime. I am qualified to teach
and Zumba GOLD (for deconditioned
adults) and have taught the Latin-dance inspired exercise classes for several years at Rome Athletic Club, at Shorter, and
at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center. As an undergraduate English major, and a lover of several foreign languages, I became committed to teaching English
as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and became certified in a 120-hour course by Bridge TEFL, accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council
for Continuing Education and Training). I was a volunteer TEFL teacher through the Alaska Literacy Program during the 2012-13
academic year. In 2009 I had volunteered for three weeks in Montezuma, Costa Rica, (Proyecto Montezuma) as an English teacher, while also enrolled in a daily Spanish class. Fun! Lastly, I have been blessed to have recorded a CD of Russian art song for Centaur Records (Russia: Golden Century
of Song) which came about in
2001 as a result of my decade-long work with pianist Svetlana Velichko, formerly of the Moscow Conservatory. This collaboration
led to my deep love for the Russian language and its song literature, and was the subject of my doctoral treatise.