I started singing and performing in elementary school—it was clear from an early age that music was going to be a huge part of my life. I sang in choirs and ensembles, performed solos, and took private voice lessons throughout middle school and high school. At the time, I was a high soprano.
When I picked up the guitar in my twenties, I discovered that I loved the lower range of my voice, and I nurtured that for many years. I performed around the Northwest, first as a soloist singer-songwriter, then with my musical soul-mate, Gwen. We became known in the Northwest folk circuit (“Terri and Gwen”) as engaging performers and skilled singer-songwriters, with “stunning harmonies on vocals and guitars.” Willamette Week once described us as a “kinder, gentler version of the Indigo Girls.”
In 2009 I joined Aurora Chorus and began a new adventure with my voice. After so many years, it was wonderful to sing in a choir again. I’ve often been a soloist at Aurora’s semi-annual concerts.
After a couple of years in the alto section with Aurora, I began to experience difficulty with my breath and with sustaining notes in my lower ranges. Having heard good things about Vox Academy (formerly Transformational Voice Institute), I began taking classes, then private lessons. Studying with founder Linda Brice and with Becca Stuhlbarg, I explored the upper ranges of my voice and, with their help, discovered my ability to sing high soprano once again. Not only that, using the techniques I’ve learned at Vox, I’ve been able to merge my upper and lower ranges almost seamlessly so that I now have access to the best of both worlds!
At age 62, I hadn’t planned to begin a new course of study that would put me on the path to becoming a voice teacher, but the more I studied at the Institute, the more I wanted to learn, and it felt like a natural transition to enter the voice teacher training program. I graduated the program in the summer of 2013, and I am now certified as a Transformational Voice Teacher and am an affiliated teacher at Vox.
I knew I would learn a lot about vocal technique, but there have been many bonuses, including keyboard skills, diction, and music theory. I’ve become a more well-rounded musician, and the training has given me skills to work with accomplished singers as well as to guide—with compassion and sincere encouragement—those who believe they can’t sing.
In the summer of 2014 I formed a seven member women’s a cappella ensemble called Tapestry. I sing with the group and am the artistic director. We sing a variety of music, from classic madrigals to contemporary folk. We perform around Portland, and would love to sing at your event!
Contact me by email or by calling 503-939-3780.
The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.
~ Rabindranath Tagore