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        As the daughter of a piano teacher and the youngest of three piano-playing siblings, my own musical fate was sealed upon birth. My piano training includes attending and receiving my high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, and earning a B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. My technical education began the following fall at The University of Western Ontario, where I received a Certificate of Piano Technology. I then traveled to Germany for a month-long apprenticeship at the Seiler Piano Factory in Kitzingen.

        After several years of running my own piano service business, along with acting as Director of Institutional Sales at Graves Piano and Organ Company in Columbus, Ohio, I decided to further my education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where I had in-depth, hands on experience of technical work at a university. During my time there, I rebuilt a 1927 Mason & Hamlin BB, studied action geometry and design with David Standwood, tuned pianos for rehearsals and recitals, and was in charge of tuning and maintaining 50 keyboard instruments including harpsichords, a clavichord and a portative organ.

        The summer of 2005 took me back to Germany for a return visit to the Seiler Piano Factory and it brought me to Tanglewood, where I worked as a piano technician under the guidance of Steve Carver. Working at Tanglewood was a wonderful experience, and living in the Berkshires was equally amazing. Though I had one final year to complete at Florida State, I knew I wanted to return to this beautiful place! Rich with culture, hard-working people and a united love and respect for the natural beauty of the land, I knew this would one day be "home" for me.

        Located in Lee, Massachusetts, I proudly service all of Berkshire County, along with northeastern Connecticut, upstate New York and central Massachusetts.

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