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.
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.