I began studying organ as a junior in high school from Mrs. Edith Downing, who was a Presbyterian, but who was organist at Trinity Lutheran Church. By the end of my junior year, I began to play preludes at Trinity. During my senior year, I began to substitute for Mrs. Downing and to play for weddings. Upon graduation from high school, I went to Capital University where I majored in music education studying piano, organ, and voice. After graduating from Capital, I taught music K -12 in the Adena and Westfall School districts. In 1989, I earned a Masters of Arts from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.
In 1992, I was asked to accompany the Chancel Choir two Sundays a month on the piano here at the Presbyterian. Church. I also served as substitute organist for Jack Mader whenever he was on vacation. During my time here at the Presbyterian Church, I have served as accompanist for the Chancel Choir and for the Children’s Choir, substitute organist, and served as Children’s Choir Director for several years.
Today, I share the organist’s job with Jack Mader playing on alternate weeks.
I am retired from public education, but continue to work in education as an adjunct professor in the music department at Ohio Christian University teaching vocal music education classes, music in early childhood classes, and conducting classes. At present, I also teach piano and voice lessons, as well as, classes for little people ages 3 – 5 at Studio One of Circleville.