1.What music are you listening to recently?
Lots of different stuff…lots of Beatles records and solo McCartney stuff (in anticipation of his upcoming tour!), Company of Thieves (Running From a Gamble), the new JT album, Little Dragon, Dirty Projectors (Bitte Orca), Nikka Costa (Like A Feather) to name a few…
2. How did you get started playing music?
I’ve been singing since I can remember, but I started piano lessons when I was 6 or 7 because all of my older sisters were taking lessons. I’m pretty sure my parents forced them to take lessons (like most Filipino parents do), but I was super eager to get started. Best decision ever.
3. What’s one of the coolest gigs you’ve played? and/or what’s one of the worst
I was a member of the Grant Park Symphony Chorus during the summer of 2004, and it was amazing to sing some incredible music on the Pritzker Pavilion stage as well as in the Harris Theater. We performed some of the most challenging music I’ve ever learned, and it was the greatest experience to work with such talented musicians and conductors.
Worst gig? I gotta say, although I met some hilariously awesome people and we had a whole lotta fun mocking the show we were performing, it has to be the Spirit of Chicago show circa summer of 2003. Lots of sequins and faux fur. Just terrible.
4. Famous people you’ve met or played with
In college, I met and performed with some great musicians including Wynton Marsalis, The New York Voices, Take 6, Patty Barber, and amazing opera singers Sam Ramey, Michael Best, and Tracy Watson. When I did Miss Saigon at Drury Lane, I got to meet Cameron McIntosh, the original producer for the show, and worked with Roberta Duchak, who was a vocal coach for the film version of Les Miserables. And we just met the Goo Goo Dolls in Vegas. That’s a weird little laundry list of people!
5. If you weren’t in the band, what would you be doing?
I’d be teaching elementary music, ideally to grades K-4th.
6. What did you want to be “when you grew up”, when you were a kid?
I always wanted to be something having to do with performing, any combination of singing, acting, or dancing. I also wanted to be a teacher. Fortunately, I’ve been able to do all of those things professionally!
7. What’s different about performing in FS compared to other bands you’ve been in?
Definitely the super busy schedule, and the repertoire is broader than any other band I’ve been in.
8. What’s a fact that surprises people about you?
I played on a competitive dodgeball team called the Dickey Donkers with the National Amateur Dodgeball Association (look it up, it’s real) and we won a couple national championships. NBD.
9. What is something you want people to know about you?
I taught general music for two and a half years in Skokie, to kids from preschool to second grade, and my Illinois teaching license is current. I can teach band, orchestra, choir and general music to students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Teachers are the greatest people, and are so important to making this world better. Just sayin’.
10. Do you play other instruments?
Yep, I play piano and guitar, and am an amazing drummer. Tyson and Jeff will tell you I play amazing cymbals and hi-hats, sometimes a tom or snare here and there! No really though, I got like 3-4 beats that might cover a wide range of tunes…Strong beats are on 1 and 3 right?!
11. How long have you been with FS?
Almost 3 years. Wow, does time fly.