I have lived in Waverly for 23 years during which I have raised two children and come to deeply appreciate the experience of living in a close-knit community. I have spent my career as a researcher and professor of ethnomusicology teaching at Wartburg College. Music is an amazing aspect of human expression, whether one is producing or listening to its performance. Being involved in a project where live music is offered to the community is deeply important to me and is an extension of the work I do every day.
Aside from my work in music, in 2011 I began a small business based on my graphic designs. Those skills and resources, as well as what I have learned from running a small business, allow me to contribute to the look and “face” of the series.
I adore so many kinds of music. I love chamber music because it allows for a closer relationship between performer(s) and audience. The performance space is more intimate and the response to the music can be so different compared to a larger concert hall. I also love that chamber music can offer music played by an incredible variety of instruments/voices. I am excited that the first season of the WCMS will highlight this incredible variety. I am also so happy to be part of a project that features the incredible talents and generosity of professional musicians in the Waverly, the Cedar Valley, and our neighboring states.
We are surrounded by world-renowned performers who, through the series, will be offering our community an amazing opportunity to experience great music and powerful artistry.