Music-thanatology has allowed me
to transition from performance into something
infinitely more meaningful: a unified artistry, scholarship, clinical care, spirituality, and community service.
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.
My first exposure to the clinical use of the harp with the dying was on Christmas Day 1996, when Therese Schroeder-Sheker's work was featured on ABC's "Nightline with Ted Koppel." What I heard and saw that night resonated with me as profound.
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. I serve as 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 the New York Open Center asked me to take on the role of facilitator with the Art of Dying Institute's "Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program."
My latest harp compositions are featured online in the Colors In Motion November 2015 Touchstone presentation, "Sublime."
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, and includes a clinical internship. The curriculum focuses in five primary areas including academic, clinical, medical, spiritual formation and musical training.