BEHIND THE MUSIC
I believe that music is a perfect blend of art and science - where emotion and communication meet reason and technique. There is great joy in making and sharing music. I have been working in the field of music education since 1998 with students of all ages. I have a Bachelor's of Music degree specializing in music education and trumpet, a single subject teaching credential, and a Master of Music degree specializing in conducting.
As a performer, I have had the opportunity play and sing on a diverse array of stages: from street courtyards and concert halls in Italy to San Diego's own Symphony Hall, from a raucous crowd of thousands to small formal dinner parties -- and many venues in between. These experiences have helped shape my approach to making and teaching music. In schools, I have taught a variety of music courses including band, choir, music technology, and conducting. I have been privileged to spend time teaching at Middle School, High School and University Levels, as well as direct a variety of community groups.
I currently direct multiple groups in San Diego including Sun Harbor Chorus, San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and San Diego Women's Chorus. I was recently appointed as International Faculty for Sweet Adelines, International.
I am available for performance coaching, projects, adjudication, workshops and seminars.
"I love empowering others to break through their own self-limitations and make new discoveries. For me, success is hearing a singer tell me they’ve learned something new, whether they are 25 or 85. Seeing an audience moved to laughter or tears is also incredibly rewarding — knowing that someone’s life has been touched by the moment you shared together."
- KATHLEEN HANSEN
NEAR TO MY HEART
PASSION PROJECTS, INTERESTS & SIDEKICKS
I advocate for Dysautonomia International to help end diagnostic delays for Dysautonomia.
I am trained and certified through the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing School and conduct sound healing sessions.
I sing baritone in Director's Cut, an a cappella women's quartet in San Diego comprised of three choir directors and a tenor.
CELESTE THE CAT
My sidekick Celeste the cat frequently joins virtual coaching calls and has a lot of opinions about ... well, everything.