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  • 2009-2013: Boise State University, B.A. in Music, Piano Performance, Cum Laude honors, Dean's list 2010-2013

  • 2005-2009: The Ambrose School

  • 2015-Present: St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Master of Theology, Liturgical Emphasis, 4.0 GPA.

  • 1996-2013: Notable master classes and performances both live and televised at universities including: University of Calgary, University of Michigan, Curtis Institute of Music, College of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State University

 Private Lessons

  • 1994-2000: Gay Pool, theory and piano performance

  • 1996-2013: Dr. Del Parkinson, piano performance

  • 2002: Dr. Christopher Harding, piano performance

  • 2002: Dr. Arthur Houle, improvisation and piano performance

  • 2004-2008: Darryl Schoenborn, theory, improvisation, composition, and piano performance

  • 2009: Dr. Gary Graffman, piano performance

  • 2010-2013: Dr. Waldon Hughes, theory and composition

  • 2012-2013: Dr. Svetlana Maddox, piano performance

  • 2012-2013: Dr. Christopher Raynes, vocal performance

  • 2009-2013: Dr. Brian Hodges, cello performance

Awards and Scholarships

  • Commissioned to compose a work for the University of North Texas School of Dance, 2018

  • UNT’s commissioned composition winner of adjudicated conference for the American College Dance Association, 2018

  • Jeker Family Trust Scholarship for $19,800, 2009-2013

  • Winner of Boise State University's Concerto-Aria Competition, 2013

  • Idaho Promise Scholarship, 2009-2010

  • Santosa Scholarship for Liturgical Musicians

  • Two-time 1st place winner of the National Music Teacher's Association Competition

  • Best Idaho Pianist, Most Creative Pianist, Best Original Composition, and Best Composition by Female Composer at the International Competition for Creative Pianists, grand prize winner over $1500, 2001-2003

  • The Sylvia Hunt Award for Best Demonstration of Embellishing and/or Improvising in a Classical Work, 2002-3

  • Multiple first place prizes and scholarships through Boise Tuesday Musicale, 1996-2008

  • St. Ambrose Renaissance Woman, 2006

  • Three 1st place entries for sewing competition at the Idaho State Fair, 2004-2005

  • 2nd and 4th place winner at Idaho State Horse Show Events, 2004

Achievements and Certifications

  • Founder and director of the Mary Helen Project

  • Published author and composer

  • St. Vincent de Paul Re-Entry program volunteer

  • Prison ministry volunteer, certified through Idaho Department of Corrections

  • Former member of Mensa International

  • Private horse trainer, volunteer at Mighty Blessed Stables boarding and training

Experience and Qualifications

  • Over 25 years of experience performing on piano, cello, harp, organ, and vocals

  • Over 18 years of experience teaching

  • Principal harpist for Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra

  • Principal harpist for Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra

  • Maintains a private studio of over 50 students

  • Several published compositions

  • Featured in Stars of Steinway concert series with performers Yoonie Han, Dr. Theresa Bogart, and Dr. Mark Hansen.

  • Commissioned to perform Franz Liszt’s transcription of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

  • Solo concertos with the Eagle Symphony (2001), Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (2007),
    and the Boise State University Symphony (2013)

  • Original compositions debuted by Boise State University Cello Choir, St. Mark’s Concert
    Choir, The True Story Project, and 208 Ensemble

  • Company member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (2018)

  • Provided live music for venues and events, including Chandler's Steakhouse of Hotel 43, Inn at 500, and Hillcrest Country Club

  • Provided live music for  weddings - both religious and secular - including the wedding of Governor Butch Otter

  • Musical director of the True Story Project, including two featured performances at the Sapphire Room

  • Executive Director and member of 208 Ensemble

  • Company member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for their 2018 Season


Professional Work Experience

  • 2022-Present: Whitworth University
      Staff Collaborative Pianist, Music Department

  • 2023-Present: Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra

Principal harpist

  • 2021-Present: Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra

Principal harpist

  • 2009-2019: St. Mark’s Catholic Community

2009-Present: Accompanist for 8:30 am Sunday Mass choir, arrange choral parts and compose works

2016-Present: Director for 5:00 pm Saturday, arrange choral parts, coach cantors,
collaborate with clergy, direct additional musicians, choose music selections
Member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Keynote speaker for NPM Idaho chapter conference

  • 2014-2019: Treasure Valley Federated Music Club

State Representative
Website developer
Budget and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair

  • 2017-Present: 208 Ensemble

Executive Director
501 (c)(3) status and experience
Perform, assist in coaching rehearsals, administrative work
Fundraising (over $10,000), event coordination and planning, managing staff, coordinating guest artists, social media director (increased likes and followers by 124%), website developer, and media designer
Grant application, writing, presenting, awarded grants from the City of Boise’s Arts
and History Department for over $10,000
Arranging and composing works

  • 2017-2019: Chateau des Fleurs

Wedding and event coordinator
Sales and marketing
Client portfolio management
Banquet and restaurant coordination
Website development and management for private clients

  • 2020-Present: Avenue5 Residential

Property Manager

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