My Story

I began studying piano when I was five years old.  My piano teacher, Betty Richelieu, was, and still is, the sweetest, most beautiful person I have ever known.  At my first piano lesson, I was so shy I wouldn't even sit on the bench next to her.  Her soft and gentle spirit helped ease me into lessons though.  By the time I graduated high school, she felt like a grandmother to me.  Throughout the years of teaching me classical piano technique, music theory and music history, she also taught me how to express myself through my music.  She instilled a life-long passion for piano music that I hope to pass along to my own students.


I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of South Florida, studying under Svetozar Ivanov and Charles Turon.  During my time as a student, I won numerous local, state and national awards on both the high school and collegiate levels.  I also accompanied numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, and recorded an album with the world-renowned tenor, Christopher Tiesi.


I have been teaching private piano lessons for fifteen years, and it has been my privilege to work with some very talented young musicians.  As chairman of The Musical Manatees, a local division of NFMC, I have enjoyed organizing an annual county-wide piano festival; I have also enjoyed judging various piano events and testings.


I am married to a wonderful man, Matt, and have two beautiful children, Sammy (who is six) and Lily (who is four).  We love to spend our free-time cooking, playing outside, swimming, and, of course, listening to music.