I grew up in upstate New York, near Binghamton and Cooperstown. My passion for music inspired me to study music at Ithaca College, where I focused on the trumpet and also began to find delight in choral singing. A desire to teach music history to college students led me to pursue graduate studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where I am currently working on my degree in Musicology with a focus on MGM film musicals of the 1940s and 50s.
In addition to being a musical theater fanatic, I also enjoy opera (Wagner's operas in particular), jazz, and classic rock (especially Queen, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles). When I'm not staring at my computer screen trying to write my dissertation, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, singing in choirs, riding my motorcycle, watching trashy TV (The Jersey Shore is a particularly guilty pleasure of mine), trying to get my cat, Cosmo, to do acrobatic tricks, and hanging out with friends over drinks.
I am a very low-maintenance traveler and guest. Like most people, I have done my share of sleeping on couches, dorm room floors, air mattresses, and so on. My goal is always to be as respectful and gracious to my host as possible. I have lived for extended periods of time with various combinations of men and women and have never felt uncomfortable in any living situation.