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Cornish College of the Arts

At the end of high school, I was faced with a difficult choice. Do I just try to get a job? Get a college degree in some marketable area? Both thoughts made me queasy, so with encouragement from my peers and family, I decided to get a degree in music.

Back in the last century, there was no such thing as getting a degree in traditional music, so I went to Cornish in Seattle and studied classical harp performance, with a bit of composition and voice on the side.

Life at Cornish was pretty dreamy for me once I smartened up to the pace of life in the big city. I was surrounded by smart, creative, progressive people and I flourished.

After graduation, I considered trying to have a career as a classical harpist, but my heart really wasn't in it. The repertoire didn't appeal to me broadly enough and the competition was fierce. I decided to go work at a the student lending agency where I had been temping on summer breaks while my head and heart caught up with all the experiences of college.

Biography Date: 
1984