I was first introduced to the profession of violin making by repairing instruments under my High School private lesson teacher’s guidance in trade for additional lessons. In college, I studied Music at West Texas A & M University, but soon realized that I spent more time inspecting my instrument and its craftsmanship than I did practicing it. After a year-and-a-half of studies at WTAMU, I applied to the Chicago School of Violin Making. While there I studied under Tschu Ho Lee, Becky Elliot, and Fred Thompson. I was the first female in the history of CSVM to make a cello for the graduation exam period. In 2002 I graduated with a certificate in Construction and History of Violin Making.