I was the girl who had so many interests, I couldn't decide what to do. As an undergraduate, I started out as a biology major and ended up a music education major. I went to a university where I didn't know anyone else, so I decided to audition for the choir as a chance to meet people (even though I hadn't sung in a choir since the sixth grade; I had been in the band playing flute from grades 6-12). On audition day, I was the last one to sing and I got scared because I was hearing so many beautiful voices through the door. I decided to leave before I was called in and, just as I was leaving, Larry Sills, the choir president, returned and convinced me to stay. If he hadn't come at that moment, I would never had pursued singing as a career and I would probably be sitting in some lab right now - talk about serendipity! I went in and sang a scale and "God Bless America," and the choir director asked me if I wanted to take voice lessons. I thought, "Gee, I don't even know if I made it into the choir and he's asking me about voice lessons." Well, suffice it to say, that choir director, David Strickler, became my voice teacher and I loved music so much, I changed my major and made it my life's vocation. Who'd have thought I'd end up living in Germany for thirteen years as a professional opera singer? Isn't it amazing where life will take you, if you are open to the possibilities?