I currently (2012 - present) serve as a member of the Diversity Educators Network (DEN).
I currently (2010-present) serve as a Teaching and Learning through Technology Faculty Fellow.
I served as a member of the MLK Planning Committee from 2006-2008.
I served as a Graduate Exposition Judge in 2004.
I currently (2013) serve as a Faculty Fellow in the eLearning Institute of the College of Arts and Architecture.
I currently (2010 - present) serve as a member of the College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Council.
I served as a member of the College of Arts and Architecture Diversity Committee from 2003 - 2010.
I served as a member of the Professional Certification Coordinating Council from 2005-2006 & from 2011-2012.
I currently (2012-present) serve of the School of Music Promotion and Tenure Committee.
I was the Interim Graduate Program Chair for Music Education in fall of 2012.
I was the founder and chair of the School of Music Diversity Committee from 2006-2009.
I was a member of the School of Music Undergradaute Committee from 2004 - 2007.
Service has always been an important part of my life. From a very young age I realized the value of contributing to the community. I was fortunate to be born into a family that gave me every opportunity as a child that was available in our community. From athletics, to music, to art/dance, and scouting, I did it all. Thanks MOM!
In my early 20s, as my coaching career began to take off, I pondered the amount of time adults had given me during my lifetime through coaching, music, and all other special activities in my life thus far. I soon recognized how mammoth that amount of time was. I came to the realization that as I was given the “gift” of other people’s attention through these activities, I owed society the same amount of time in return. Pay back – every hour that had been invested in me, I needed to reinvest back into the community. So, here’s the list of what I have received…
Church Choir - 15 years
School Choir - 6 years
University Choirs – 7 years
Violin Lessons – 1 year
Piano Lessons – 4 years
Voice Lessons – 10 years
Girl Scouts – 14 years
School Volleyball – 4 years
Club Volleyball – 6 years
University Volleyball – 4 years
School Soccer – 4 years
Club Soccer – 14 years
School Track and Field – 4 years
Art Lessons – 2 years
Dance Lessons – 1 year
Total Summer Camps attended – 22
Vacation Bible School – 6
Elementary School Musical/Talent Show – 2
This lists equals way too many hours to count!
Through the years I have been working diligently to give back in everyway that I can. This has mainly been through the gifts that I was given – music and sports. Here is a brief sample of ways in which I am attempting to pay it back!
School Choir Director - 10 years
Community Choir Director – 4 years
University Choir Director – 1 year
Voice Lesson Instructor – 10 years
Girl Scouts Guest Presenter – 5 times
Junior High Volleyball Coach – 6 years
Club Volleyball Coach– 3 years
University Volleyball Coach – 4 years
Sorority Leadership - 3 years
Foxdale Village Chorus
For the past few years I have been serving as the Choir director at the Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College, PA. This choir has two seasons, one in the fall and one in the winter/spring. We typically have approximately 20-30 singers ranging in age from their mid 60s to over 100 years old. The main purpose of this group is to build community through singing. I am always honored to stand in stand in front of them. Together they bring more than 2,000 years of singing experience to each rehearsal. Many of our members have played or sung semiprofessionally during their lives. While community is at the heart of all we do, we sing well! Please check back in the future for links to some of our audio recordings.
Here are some sample copies of recent programs.
State College Friends School Peace Choir
For the past three years I have been serving as the State College Friends School Peach Choir director. The Peace Choir is considered a vital aspect of community service for the older students in this K-8th grade school. The choir is open to all students in grades 4-8. In December we hold a joint concert with the Foxdale Village Chorus and in the spring we have several community and school wide concerts. The choir typically consists of 30-35 of the 100 students who attend Friends School.