I am the author of IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER: ANTONIA BRICO AND HER AMAZINGLY MUSICAL LIFE, illustrated by Morgana Wallace. (Penny Candy Books, 2020) The book is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and was awarded the 2021 Paterson Prize For Books For Young People in the category of Grade 4-6.
When men told her that women couldn’t become conductors of orchestras, Antonia Brico wasn’t listening. This lushly illustrated book, aimed at children 7 and up, tells the story of Antonia’s amazing grit and perseverance, and encourages children to follow their own dreams and passions, no matter the obstacles.
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In addition to writing books for children, I am a classical violinist and teacher.
As a child, I listened to classical records on my parent’s 1960’s turntable and fell in love with the soaring sound of the violins. The “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite remains a favorite to this day. Shortly after I discovered Tchaikovsky’s music, I attended the original Disney Fantasia movie, where I was mesmerized by images of violin bows as they moved in shadowy unison across the big screen. I came home from that movie and begged my parents for violin lessons.
My first full size violin was my grandfather’s fiddle. (It had a spider in it when it was taken down from my parents’ attic!)
As a high school student in Denver, CO, I was fortunate to play under Antonia Brico’s baton for 2 years. Her fiery spirit encouraged me to pursue music as a career.
I currently teach students of all ages to play the violin and the viola through the University of Idaho Preparatory Division and perform in the first violin section of the Washington-Idaho Symphony. I write books for kids that are inspired by my experiences as a professional musician.