I began playing piano at age 6 with instruction from my mother. She taught me to play the popular song Dominique, made famous by the “singing nun” in the mid ’60s. I remember playing Silent Night for our School Christmas concert when I was grade 3. The teacher in this small rural school gave huge compliments on my performance which I humbly accepted, but later told my mother “it wasn’t that great…I didn’t even play with two hands together”.
My parents enrolled me in formal lessons at age 9 with a teacher, Mrs. Yetreberg, Mission BC for that first year. I then took lessons from Paul Wagner at Dumeresque Studios, also in Mission until I was 16 years of age. I stopped taking lessons at this time to focus on high school, then career studies in nursing.
During my mid-twenties, I resumed my piano/theory studies with Mrs. Lopp in a small northern community of Dawson Creek BC where I was living and working my career as a Registered Nurse. Mrs. Rotraud Lopp recognized my passion for the piano and brought out my best performance ability. I studied Royal Conservatory and completed grade 8 & 9. Grade 10 was studied, however, I never did take the exam. It has remained my unfinished work.
As I have most recently learned of the Winterreise Project, I have found the perfect opportunity to renew my passion with the piano and my life with music.