Describe what you do for Portland Opera
I manage Portland Opera to Go (our school and community tour), Opera a la Cart (our mobile opera stage that makes appearances throughout the area during the summertime), and I am a good resource for finding and/or inquiring about operatic talent for your event. I also work with schools and teachers to develop curriculum for use in classrooms. One of the most exciting things I do is find ways to partner with other organizations and develop programming that allows people to really participate in the art form of opera--or develop something new!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I aspired to be many things: a veterinarian and a lawyer spring immediately to mind. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to be a visual artist and/or an opera singer. I double majored in art and music, and eventually dropped my art major to pursue music full time.
In my free time, you can usually find me...
Making things! My hands have got to be busy, so I spend a LOT of time lately drawing, painting, knitting or doing my new favorite thing: Pyrography! I have discovered the miracle of recorded books, so I am able to "read" while I create—which is bliss!
What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?
Years ago, at one of our Portland Opera to Go performances, I did the introductions and went to sit on the floor with the kids. This little girl was totally enthralled, and she edged closer and closer to me until, while she was watching, she just plopped herself right in my lap! After feeling utterly delighted, I looked over my shoulder to find a parent or caregiver and just saw grandma smiling at me. It was a lovely, spontaneous moment that was everything I love about the potential of this art form to bring people together into a shared moment of humanity and community.