She is a flautist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
who studied at the New School of Music, the Blossom Festival School and the
Cleveland Institute of Music with teacher that include three Principal Flautists
from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1987 she became performed under the conductorship
of Leonard Bernstein at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and was the
only American to have played the flute there. She relocated to Edmonton, Alberta, and since 1987 has
been Principal Flute of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Around the very early 1990s she was a founding member
of Take 3 which was a woodwind trio that found a niche for themselves from
1992 when they were regularly broadcast on CBC Radio over the next 6 years
She has also performed with The Alberta Baroque
Ensemble, the Alberta College Percussion Ensemble, the Arden Ensemble, the
Edmonton Chamber Orchestra and the Edmonton Wind Ensemble. Her husband, Murray Vaasjo, is a
violinist and co-member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and they both
play for The Alberta Baroque Ensemble.
She has performed on many recordings with the ESO as
well as Joy to the World: Music for Advent & Christmas by The
Greenwood Singers and Snake Fence Country by the Edmonton Wind
In the field of musical education she has her own
studio and is also a faculty member of King’s University College as a flute
teacher in the Winds and Percussion section of the Music Department.
Edmonton Wind Ensemble recordings
Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable)
CBC Records SMCD 5165
Conductor – Harry Pinchin
Liner Notes: Snake Fence Country