Music teacher to ages zero to ninety-nine in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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I have always loved to write. Words and tunes visit me often. Influences include nature, family, animals, love, life changes and emotions of every color. I perform in coffeehouses, house concerts, festivals, churches, parks, yoga classes and private parties.

My training includes classical and sacred/spiritual in piano and voice, combined with the jazz my Dad favored, with a great big dose of folk from the 60’s and 70’s to influence my guitar.

One of my ongoing projects is a series of concerts I hold in my home. I call it the Savage Beast House Concert Series. The musician(s) will arrive at my home, set up, and play a concert right in the living room. People come to a potluck beforehand, pay their $10, and sit in a peaceful atmosphere among friends to hear the music. Groups I have had include Ronny Cox, David Stoddard, Matt Turner, "Chance" from the Big Top Chatauqua, Peter and Lou Berryman, Jeanne Kuhns, LJ Booth, Lil Rev, Wade Fernandez and many more.

I am an RN but not currently working as a nurse. I teach music in an arts-centered daycare in Oshkosh, called "Arts For Kids". My students are infants through 4K. I also direct a choir of residents at Evergreen Retirement Community, some of them in their 90's. We rehearse weekly and give concerts twice a year.

I have worked often as a church musician and currently play piano 3x a week for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Oshkosh. I freelance as a piano accompanist for local choirs and soloists, and also teach private piano, voice and guitar to all ages. I'm available for private parties, yacht outings, weddings, funerals and any other event that needs music with heart and soul. I love getting involved with fundraisers that create opportunities for young people to study music, such as Oshkosh Music Artist Series.

"For the Asking" is a song I wrote about Stas Venglevski's bayan music. A bayan is similar to a small button accordion. Mark and Karen Ward video-recorded Stas and me n their Milwaukee studio in 2013 and I released the audio as a single on cdbaby.com in 2014.

"Sweetly 'Neath the Moon", my CD of lullabies, was released shortly after the birth of our first grandchild in 2013. Other cd's of mine are "A Long Way To Go", "Rooted and Free" and "Dorothy Zerbe and the Savage Beast String Band Live at Mt. Morris". My CD's are available on cdbaby.com and songsforteaching.com, in hard copy or digitally, or directly from me.

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  • Work
    • Creative Musician, freelance
  • Education
    • BA LeTourneau U, Humanities, 1980; BSN, UW-Oshkosh, Nursing, 2007