She is a tubist,
musicologist and teacher who was born into a
family where her father is an amateur jazz musician and the 12th
President of Chicago University.
She took her further studies in the tuba at the University
of Kentucky, where she gained
her masters degree, her musicology masters degree came from the University
of Georgia and her attendance
at Yale earned her a BA in literature in 1993. She went on to be awarded the Oscar
S. Schafer Award and the John Knowles Paine Traveling
Fellowship and gain her doctorate in musicology at Harvard.
Her tuba performances have seen her playing as a
member of the Holden Consort Orchestra and Choir in 2001, as the music
director of Dudley House Orchestra at Harvard from 2000 to 2001 and as a member
of The Harvard Brass, with whom she performed on the recording Christmas in the Busch.
In the field of music education she has been a teacher
at the University of Georgia
and Harvard and has most recently been a member of the Hope
College faculty where she is an
Assistant Professor of Music.
She has also published some of her research and given presentations at
the Balanchine centennial symposium and to the Society of Dance History
Scholars and the American Musicological Society.
She lives in Holland, Michigan
with her daughter and husband, Jimmy Leach, who is a trumpeter, music
director and professor at the Grand
The Harvard Brass recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John
CD 7134 (Christmas in the Busch)
The Harvard University Choir
Conductor – Murray Forbes
Harvard Baroque Chamber
Director – Robert Mealy
Soprano – Awet
Bass – Mark Risinger
Organists – Erica Johnson and
Liner Notes: Christmas in the Busch