My early years included a lot of travel. I grew up as an academia brat and lived in Chicago, Princeton, Knoxville, Tennessee and Piddinghoe, Sussex, England before coming to Canada in 1970. Edmonton is home now. I have lived here and worked at CKUA since the late 1980s.
These days, I get a kick out of romping through a thousand years of classical music on Classic Examples. As CKUA’s resident expert on the subject, I divide my time between programming the station’s classical music programming and caring for the classical portion of the record library. I also enjoy hosting Bel Musica, which features the vocal classical tradition.
I fell in love with orchestral and chamber music in high school, but it wasn’t until university that my true calling revealed itself. I found CJSR-FM at the University of Alberta and hosted a classical music program there for six years. I was also the news director for two years.
I find that music really impacts listeners’ emotions and matters in their lives. It’s like the whole world is in your living room and you want to share your new record with them: “Listen! You’re going to love this one!”
I have a special passion for classical and medieval music. My favorite composers are Debussy, Ravel, Lou Harrison and Ralph Vaughan Williams. I love to share my knowledge of composers’ backgrounds when I share their music. Above all, I am a classical music enthusiast, and I hope that this, more than anything, makes my programs fun to listen to.