"You're not an alto, you're a soprano!"

I couldn't have known it at the time, but that simple sentence would change my life forever. I was not a soprano and I knew that. Fortunately for me, my teacher Michael wouldn’t allow me to live with that limiting belief. The importance of realizing my potential as a soprano was not to become a great singer, but rather to become the person I needed to be to achieve it. Today I fully accept my true soprano voice even though, ironically, I sing less often in public than I used to.

My influences as a singer include Dawn Upshaw, Kelli O'Hara, and Natalie Dessay. I'm drawn to musical theater in general and specifically to the creations of Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. Most of my favorite shows are ones most people have never heard of. I sometimes wonder what that says about me. ;)

Tina singing

  Watch a video of me singing "The Nearness of You" with Reinhardt Liebig at the Maplewood Grill in Vienna, Virginia.

Vocal Artist

Stretching the term "vocalist" beyond just singing, I also use my voice for spoken word projects. I have done a number of readings, primarily poetry, for LibriVox.

My LibriVox Profile

Small Groups

Some of my best memories are of singing with a small group. Here I'm singing "Moonlight" by John Williams from the movie Sabrina with friends Becki Jones (alto), Charlie Russell (tenor), and Mark Krueger (bass) of The Reston Chorale.


I've sung with the Round Rock Community Choir , The Reston Chorale, Vocal Express, and The Alexandria Singers. This clip is one of my favorite moments singing with The Reston Chorale from the second movement of John Rutter's Gloria.

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