I am a singer and multi-instrumentalist, a trainer and coach living in Myanmar/Burma. I am the Founder and Director of SonicBloom, a resource for music and social change. I’m also the Musical Director of the Strand Singers, a 40-person amateur choir in Yangon, Myanmar. While I enjoy performing and touring, my real passion lies in using music as a tool for dialogue and helping develop the creativity of others. Music is powerful medicine, and a wonderful tool for teaching and fostering community.
I hold a BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach, and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. I am also certified in Mediation from King County Dispute Resolution Center, Creative Facilitation from PYE Global, and have completed all levels of Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). I received community music training from Musicians Without Borders and attended a year-long, international vocal improvisation course, All the Way In with master teacher, Rhiannon.
I currently teach singing, rhythm and improvisation, and lead the Strand Singers Choir in Yangon, Myanmar. I consult and offer training with a wide variety of organizations on peace-related topics, often using arts-based facilitation, and serve as an advisor for Building Better Societies in Rakhine, Myanmar.