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ABOUT ME

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 completed my clinical internship in Utah in 2013, with professional credentialing in the spring of 2014. 

I am currently a music-thanatologist 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. I collaborate with the You Can Thrive! foundation to bring music vigils to end-of-life breast cancer patients. 

My latest harp compositions are featured online in the Colors In Motion November 2015 Touchstone presentation, "Sublime."


MUSIC-THANATOLOGY EDUCATION

The Chalice of Repose Project's School of Music Thanatology was founded by Therese Schroeder-Sheker, and is headquartered today in Mt. Angel, Oregon. This is a rigorous 3-year graduate-level program, and includes a supervised clinical internship. The curriculum focuses in five primary areas including academic, clinical, medical, spiritual formation and musical training.