My mentors, great teachers all, have shaped my view of the world and helped me live in it fully. Because of their early, formative influence on me I went on to be a teacher myself, first in music theory and vocal performance (UCLA recruited me out of Lowell High School for my stand-out abilities in this), and later in teaching World History and Geography at the high school and college level, with a particular emphasis on American Urban History in action. I am a committed life-long student, ... [more]
I began touring as a singer before high school, performing High Mass at The Vatican and taking the lead in musical productions before accepting a scholarship from UCLA's Music Department. I was a professional classical and gospel choir member and soloist in L.A., and I continued to sing with groups like Grace Cathedral's Camarata Choir and Oakland's Interfaith Gospel Choir when I returned home to the Bay. I sing popular music as well, like R&B and Rock 'n Roll. I can bring the big, true voice out of anyone who can carry a tune!