Years in current position: 8
Years in the field: 24
Fund-raising workshops, music education
Three years in the Peace Corps, as a teacher in Cameroon
Sixteen years in development and non-profit management
Director of Development, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, 1984-87
Director of Development, San Antonio Symphony, 1988-93
Director of Development, Fort Worth Symphony, 1993-98
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
Working with a diverse constituency of musicians, patrons, board leaders, and others committed to advancing the cause of great music in our community.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
A lifelong avocational love of music.
What was your first step when beginning your working career?
I joined the Peace Corps, which was a challenging, interesting, and inspiring way to mature.
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
Do it! Doing well by doing good is a very satisying way to build a career.
Any other advice?
It would probably help to learn to read music, something I never managed to do! It hasn’t held me back, but it would have been nice.