Music-thanatology has allowed me
to transition from performance into something
infinitely more meaningful.
The harp has been a vital part of my life since the age of eleven when I began private lessons. I have performed for many years as a freelance musician, providing music for special occasions, as well as for church services, and recording sessions. My employment has included representing a premiere harp manufacturer, Lyon & Healy, as a member of their L&H West sales staff for several years. I am a registered Suzuki harp teacher, and maintain a small teaching studio.
I am currently a music-thanatologist and contemplative musician in private practice in New York City. I provide music vigils as an independent contractor, serving Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s hospice patients in Mount Sinai's palliative unit, and also at the Goodman Brown Residence. It is an honor to also serve Bellevue Hospital’s palliative patients. I am the director of end-of-life services for the You Can Thrive! foundation, offering support and music vigils to breast cancer patients. Beginning in January 2018 I took on the facilitator role for the New York Open Center’s "Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program," as part of their Art of Dying Institute.
My latest harp compositions are featured online in the Colors In Motion November 2015 Touchstone presentation, "Sublime."
As an ordained interfaith minister I am affiliated with the One Spirit Interfaith Alliance.
The Chalice of Repose Project's School of Music Thanatology is headquartered today in Mt. Angel, Oregon. This is a rigorous 3-year low-residency graduate-level program. The curriculum focuses in five primary areas including academic, clinical, medical, spiritual formation and musical training. My music-thanatology training includes a clinical internship and certification with the Music Thanatology Association International.