• Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Service


I attend as many classical and other concerts as possible. I research and write the program notes for the Erie Chamber Orchestra and have served on the Board of Governors of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. When I am not teaching or going to concerts (or movies) I enjoy flower gardening at my home and floral arranging, which I do as a hobby. I also travel as often as possible to visit with my family. My 'passion in life' is to have my students and the members in the audience discover classical music and the joy that it can bring to their lives!

Courses Taught

* Introduction to Music---lecture course

*Psychology of Music---seminar course

*Music in Medicine---seminar course

*Music in Marketing and Advertising---seminar course

*Beethoven and His Legacy---seminar course

*Music in the Theater---seminar course

*Twentieth Century Sound---seminar course

Educational History

*Bachelor of Science in Music Education (a double major) from Daemen College

*Master of Science in Music Education (a duel Master's in education and music) from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia

dissertation: A Comparative Analysis of Beethoven's Pastoral Sonata and Pastoral Symphony

---during my graduate studies I also focused on  how effective music is with disabled people(physically, emotionally and mentally disabled) and how music effects the brain and the use of medication(s) and had the opportunity to take many music therapy courses during my graduate studies

* Doctoral studies in Music Education with a focus on music therapy at Case Western Reserve University

Professional Experience

*started teaching at Gannon University in 1973

*taught in the City of Erie School District in seven different schools including schools that taught the disabled and another that taught the gifted students

*taught at the Harborcreek Youth Services (then known as the Harborcreek School for Boys) which housed young boys ages 8 -17 that had criminal records and were considered 'unteachable'

*was the Music Supervisor for the Iroquois School District for the first three years of my teaching career

*have been a church organist in various Catholic parishes in the Erie Diocese for 50 years

*was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

*was a member of the first group of Americans to be invited to teach the music teaachers in China. I was one of only 25 music educators from across the United States to be so honored. Collectively we lived with the people of China and not only in the 'tourist hotels' and saw and experienced China in a more authentic manner. We traveled from as far north as the Gobi Desert to the southern most part of China, Nanning---near the Vietnam border.

*have been named Teacher of the Year by the P.M.E.A. (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) in the late 1980s

*have been honored with the Distinguuished Alumna Award from my alma mater, Daemen College in 2008

*have been honored by the faculty senate of Gannon University with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010

*during my tenure at Gannon University I was the FOUNDING Director of three programs: Director of Alumni Recruitment Program, Coordinator of the Creative Arts Program; and the Director of the Schuster Gallery

* Serve and have served as a member of the Gannon University Faculty Senate; was Vice-President from 2008-2009 and President of Faculty Senate from 2009-2010. I also serve on as many as ten university committees during this time.

Professional Societies

*member of the College Music Society

*member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

*member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians/music educators branch


* have published state,regional and national articles regarding my music teaching experiences in China. I also publilshed differen articles on teaching methods that can be effectively used in the classroom as well as articles that were focused on how to get the most musically from their volunteer church choirs

*my submitted paper was one of only eleven chosen to be given during the American Music Educators trip to China and further the Chinese chose my paper presentation as the only one they wanted to have published in the Chinese Music Education Journal in Beijing

*have edited the text used in my classes of the Intro/Music course to make the text more student user friendly and most cost effective

*have been invited and served on the review boards of a number of reputable publishers (Norton, Wadsworth,etc.)

*I am also a published poet with my poem (Listen to Tomorrow) published in the National Anthology of College Poetry in 1965-66


* served on many community Boards regarding the arts in the Erie community

* served as President of the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts Board of  Directors

*served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts for many years (over 18 yrs.)

*served as Recording secretary to the Lady of the Lake Board of Directors

*served as the Director of the Panorama Juried Art Exhibit for the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts for 7 years

*served on the Board of Directors of the Erie Philharmonic from 1973-1995; served on the Board of Governors of the Erie Philharmonic from 1990-2009

*serve on the Board of Directors for the G.E.Y.S.O. (Greater Erie Youth Symphony Orchestra) which promotes young children learning string instruments while in grade school which will then filter into the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and then to the regular Philharmonic Orchestra

*served on the Board of Govenors of the Daemen College Alumni for two terms (6 years)

*served on the Mercyhurst Prep Alumni Board from 1990 to 2009

*serve on Mayor Joseph Sinnott's Roundtable for the Arts as Gannon's representative

*have been a speaker for the Gannon university Speaker's Bureau many times addressing topics regarding how music plays a role in our purchasing, our color associations, our emotional changes, etc..