Being part of the Elizabeth Forward Music Department has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. In 1999, I began my tenure as the high school choral director. I am an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association [PMEA] where I have had the great fortune of having students advance through the ranks and have had students make the All-East and National Ensembles. I have played piano for 41 years and have served as an accompanist on the collegiate and professional level around Pittsburgh. In my undergraduate, I studied piano with Mr. Nicolo Sartori at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I received my minor in piano performance.
I discovered my passion for singing as a young child. In middle school, I was selected to be a participant in PMEA Junior High choir. It was through singing with the ensembles of PMEA (grades 7-12), playing saxophone in PMEA instrumental festivals, and working at California University of Pennsylvania as an accompanist as a junior in high school that I decided to pursue my music career post high school.
I studied voice in my undergraduate pursuit with Ms. Joanne Luchsinger and continued vocal studies with Mrs. Charlotte Sonne. I have been heard singing with the Three Rivers Choral Society (now defunct) and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh as both a choral member and a soloist.
My favorite venues for performance remains to be a choral conductor to 120 ninth through twelfth graders and serving as a soloist and cantor with my parish at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Belle Vernon.
I was blessed to join a quartet of PMEA teachers to sing in this quartet on August 1, 2021. The connections I have made through the organization have been some of the best experiences in my life.
"How Could I Ever Know?"
from The Secret Garden
This recording was captured in the fall of 2015 at our faculty recital. The music faculty provides scholarship opportunities to students who are pursuing a career in the field of music.
"A Winter's Night"
Ten local churches come together to celebrate Advent and Christmas each year. Greg is a member of my parish and holds a masters in music composition from The Eastman School of Music. I was selected as the soloist for this ensemble for the 2016 concert.
"Dans les Ruines d'une Abbaye"
This song, by Gabriel Faure, was part of my French song set at my undergraduate recital in 1997.