As of today, March 17th, 2020, all of my performances in restaurants, art galleries, cancer treatment centers and senior care centers have been temporarily postponed due to safety precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. My heart is with everyone affected by this virus. Take care, and stay safe!
Today, May 2nd, 2016, I realized that it has been 30 years since I received my BFA in Music from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington! Even though I have been playing since age 11, the receipt of my music degree on May 2nd, 1986 launched me onto a path as a professional musician. It has been a very interesting, challenging and rewarding path indeed! I am also filled with gratitude for the fact that I am still able to play and make my living as a musician! I am forever in debt to my wonderful NYC surgeon, Dr. Steve K. Lee, who performed 6 of my 8 surgeries to repair damage to my right hand, arm, shoulder and brachial plexus due to a MVA in 2003 in Portland, Oregon. Over a period of 9 years, Dr. Lee, himself a guitarist, patiently diagnosed and repaired my injuries. My most recent surgeries were in 2014: a brachial plexus nerve repair and a right wrist nerve repair. Dr. Lee was assisted by the amazing Dr. Darren Schneider in the July 2014 brachial plexus surgery. After 8 surgeries and 100's of physical and occupational therapy sessions, I have regained about 75% of my right hand function; I continue to improve every month. I still use adaptive devices and techniques, but I am able to play 6 - 8 hours per day, and I do an average of 8 - 10 gigs per week between cancer centers, nursing homes, memory care units, hospice, restaurants, art galleries, and private parties. In addition to my solo work, I am also starting to play with other musicians again. I hope to begin playing concerts and return to recording and touring again soon. It has been a long road to recovery, but the experience has been rich and profound. I am also deeply appreciative for the incredible support I have received from my dear boyfriend, Brad Buchholz (a wonderful writer of words), who has been on his own healing journey due to a cancer diagnosis in 2010; he is doing well too! In addition, I thank my family, friends, teachers, mentors. fellow musicians, and all of the other doctors, nurses and physical therapists that have helped and uplifted me! I am composing new music again, and hope to record and release my 4th CD sometime soon. Thank you; much love to you all!