I am in my 24th year of teaching vocal music. My current position is the co-chair of vocal music at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, IA, where I either direct or assist with 5 curricular and 3 co-curricular ensembles, including 2 competitive show choirs. This is my 12th year in the Cathedral Choir, where I serve as Soprano Section Leader. Being in Cathedral Choir gives me a chance to escape to a place where only beautiful, sacred music is heard, away from the sometimes harsh, grating sounds of life. The pilgrimage to Rome is definitely on my “bucket-list.” I’ve always wanted to visit Rome and Vatican City, even before I converted to Catholicism in 2005. I would like to come back and share my musical journey with my students, friends and family, and to inspire others to continue singing sacred literature.