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I am a South Carolina native and have a deep appreciation and love for the arts in our state. I came to Coker for a new adventure and I stay here at Coker because I learn something new from the students everyday. I am passionate about not only exploring what dance IS, but what it CAN BE for dancers and non-dancers alike! 

I recently moved to South Carolina and have known Prof. Angela Gallo for many years through our work on the National Board of Directors of the American College Dance Association. Prof. Gallo graciously asked me to join the faculty this semester, and I am very happy to be working with the Coker dance students.  

I love music and I love passing on that joy to others. As a band director, I not only have to read and be able to perform music on an instrument, but I also interpret scores, guide the musicians though different genres, tempos, and styles. Coker provides a wonderful opportunity for me to work with student and community musicians who also share a love for creating music.

"Despite primarily studying voice performance, I have always had a second love for conducting choirs. I knew that I ultimately wanted to find a program where I could both teach applied voice and conduct and feel very lucky to have found it at Coker College. I believe my singing and my conducting are complimentary to one another and am passionate about leading my ensembles from the informed position of a singer."

"I came to Coker with the promise to make a difference in my students' lives. As an artist, we train our entire lives hoping to inspire change in people. Coker has allowed me to do just this. With the intimate community at Coker, my husband, Dr. Jerron Jorgensen, and I are given the artistic freedom to practice our art and give students the tools to grow themselves as artists and academics."

 

"I am a D.M.A. Candidate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at the University of South Carolina. I am excited to share my knowledge and skills with the students at Coker College, and my goal is to help each and every student reach their full potential."

I came to Coker originally as a student looking for a dance program where I wasn't just a face in the crowd. Coker gave me numerous opportunities to dance with outstanding guest artists, perform in France, and prepared me for graduate school at NYU. I'm thankful to be back at Coker teaching in the same program that gave me so much. 

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