Assistant Director of Admission and Music Admission Coordinator
Territorial Responsibilities: California (Peninsula, Santa Clara County, Central Coast from San Luis Obispo North), New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance 2005
University of Puget Sound
Master of Arts in Music Education 2008
Teachers College, Columbia University
What was your most memorable Puget Sound experience?
I have had countless memorable experiences here, as a student, and alumna, and now as a staff member at Puget Sound. However, the experience that tops the list is still my four years singing with the Adelphian Concert Choir. For my entire college experience, I knew that every weekday from 11 – 11:50 a.m. I would have the honor of singing some of the most amazing, challenging, and brilliant choral music ever written with a tight-knit group of incredibly gifted and talented musicians. There was not a day I didn’t love going to rehearsal and being part of such an inspirational choral family. To this day, some of the most amazing musical experiences in my life were in or because of Adelphians, and some of my closest friends still are people who sang with me in the group. It truly was a life-changing experience and one for which I am very grateful!
What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
If you see one thing in Tacoma other than campus, it should absolutely be Point Defiance Park! There’s so much to do there, including hiking, beach walks, a five-mile drive, zoo, aquarium, restaurants, gardens, and more. My favorite part is that the park includes old-growth forest, so visitors have a unique opportunity to see what this part of world looked like before it was settled. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit nearby, and I recommend at least the Five Mile Drive, which gives visitors a sense for the stunning density of the Pacific Northwest trees and a chance to see beautiful views of the Sound.
What do you usually order at Diversions Cafe?
On a cool fall day, nothing beats a Duke of Earl (a vanilla steamer steeped with Earl Grey tea). It has such a unique and soothing flavor. I like it strong, so I usually order two Earl Grey teabags, but you should try the classic first. You can also try it with other tea flavors, but the Earl Grey is my personal favorite!