been spending time looking through my videos and still pictures from Amala
School in Serbia. I am reminded how very comfortable I was at the compound and
how very strange everything was. Here are three pictures I really like.
generations were staying in the houses on the cul de sac up in the hills of
Valjevo, this is the grandmother who spoke not one word of English but always
said hello somehow. She would sometimes meet me at the gate and talk with me as
we walked up the drive to the houses. I never understood a word but that didn't
bother her. She would smile and wave as we parted ways. I personally adored
her, and her whisk broom.
is the room I stayed in for the first week of school. There was no filter used
on the photo, it was this color and I loved it! What you can't see in the
picture is that the temperature was mostly around 100 degrees with no air
conditioning. At night it cooled down to around 75-85 degrees but the windows
really didn't open to let the cooler air in. Quite an experience for this
Minnesota girl who sleeps with the window cracked open all winter.
young people were staying in the neighborhood and came to visit us during the
days at the compound. They spoke a little English and German and were
delightful. It saddens me that I did not get their names before they left the
area, I think their eyes tell an amazing story.
I specialize in both solo and ensemble work on the accordion and have been fortunate enough to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ancia Quartet, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis Philharmonic and Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. I am a past president of Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International and now enjoy being the President of the Mill City Accordion Association as well as event coordinator for the NE Accordion Festival. I live in NE Minneapolis and am a faculty member of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) teaching accordion. A very wonderful thing happened recently, I won the 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and if that wasn’t enough the 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composer’s Award from the American Composer’s Forum (Orkestar Bez Ime, World Music). A dream comes true for this accordion kid!