ec·lec·tic -  with a lean toward jazz

/əˈklektik/ - /wɪð/  /eɪ/ / lin/  /təˈwɔrd/ /dʒæz/


  1. deriving ideas and styles from  diverse  sources - esp. jazz*

Jazz - a type of music of the late 19th century characterized by a strong lively beat and in which the players often improvise.**

** Improvise - to make it up as you go along.

My music journey began at age two when I improvised pieces at the piano. At age nine, it was time for piano lessons.  At twelve, my piano pieces for children were published. I played first chair flute and piccolo throughout middle and high school band and orchestra. I participated in every music program that was available including orchestra, marching band, chorus, jazz band, and madrigal group. After graduating high school, I earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and did post graduate work at Cleveland Institute of Music.  Later, I earned a Masters in Teaching and taught elementary music for many years. 

If creating visual works of art are my heart, then music is my soul.

I breathe art and music. I can not imagine my life without them. 

Here are excerpts of a few of the works I have written. 

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No Distractions
Mud in the Tires
New Beginnings
Wind Quintet
Rear View
Robert Simonds performs "Complicit" by Sylvia Mancuso

In November 2019, Robert Simonds, violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performed my piece, "Complicit," for solo violin, at Old First Concerts in San Francisco, California. 

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