"I aim to provide the best piano service possible. No matter what your piano’s condition, I give a fair assessment of its needs. I will work with you to design a suitable service plan for your piano."
I attended a formal training program to learn the trade. I hold a Certificate in Piano Technology from the University of Western Ontario, and I'm a registered member of the Piano Technician's Guild (RPT).
What is an RPT?? https://www.ptg.org/about/registered-piano-technician
I'm constantly improving my skill set, learning the latest techniques and equipment for piano service, and networking with piano technicians from all over the world. I have a substantial number of pianos that I regularly service, and I'm always happy to accept new customers.
I've learned from some very well respected piano technicians in the industry. Early on in my career, I had the privilege to do a work/study program at both The Tanglewood Music Festival (Massachusetts) and The Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta). I've been building my business in Vermont since Oct. 2003.
I work on pianos in private homes, schools, churches, & music/performance venues. I'm the current contract holder for teaching studios and practice room pianos at the University of Vermont. I also occupy my time with restoration projects for my customers. I'm now scheduling onsite appointments 4 to 5 days per week. I typically only schedule weekend appointments for concerts or special circumstances.
The majority of my work comes through direct referral from person to person, other piano technicians, music teachers, and loyal customers, and this website. I also list in program ads such as the Enosburg Opera House, Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, Island Arts and the Vermont Music Teachers Association.
I offer the service of contacting you about repeat service/follow-up tunings. I use an automated reminder system and I will work with you to determine your tuning interval. For my regulars and new customers who request it, I will pre-book you an appointment and a reminder email will send you the date of your tuning and you click "confirm". If it doesn't work, no worries! I can send you a different date, or pause your reminders until a date that you choose.
"I love being a piano technician and I play the piano for my own enjoyment. My main performance instrument is the trumpet and usually play with the Citizens Concert Band in St. Albans, and with the Milton Town Band. I'm a vocalist but don't have any performance venues (at the moment) besides basement karaoke. I'm also a wife/mother extraordinaire! My very fine ear and natural finesse with tools and tactile projects drove me to choose this profession. I love my work and meeting new customers is always a pleasure. I'm motivated to do the best job possible for every project I take on."
In December 2001 I was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Music (Cum Laude) from The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York college at Potsdam. After apprenticing with the Crane School's piano technician, I continued my training by completing the Certificate in Piano Technology Program in April 2003 at The University of Western Ontario. I then had the honor of working with the senior piano technicians at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival in 2003. Along with the other technicians I was responsible for the maintenance of 80 brand new Steinway and Boston pianos. I tuned for chamber music concerts, rehearsals, visiting artists and the Tanglewood Fellows (resident students). Working in this incredibly challenging environment helped to strengthen and refine my tuning/technical skills and knowledge of Piano Technology. Shortly after my move to Vermont I joined the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG). The Vermont PTG chapter has monthly chapter meetings which include a technical session that explores a piano topic in depth. These meetings are an invaluable way to improve on skills and keep up to date with the latest techniques and technology, not to mention, a great way to make connections with others in the field! I served for may years as the Vermont chapter's president. In February of 2004 I was invited to do work/study with the piano guru at another prestigious facility, The Banff Centre for the Arts, in Banff, Alberta. With similar responsibilties to those at Tanglewood I worked in a relaxed setting and chose areas where I wanted to improve. I currently work on pianos in private homes, schools, churches, and music/performance venues. I have a home workshop where I complete action restoration and maintenance projects for my customers.