I had the privilege of being this young lady's first piano teacher. I knew from the very lesson that she was special and had a gift. What a career Gracie has in front of her!! Not only is she super talented but has such a sweet and kind spirit! What a joy to teach! She still comes every year as a guest artist to my end of the year student's recital to inspire and motivate students.

Gracie won the LMTA senior piano concerto competition and performed Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto

Op. 40 No. 2,  Movement 3 Presto Scherzando with the Louisiana Youth Orchestra on May 25, 2015.

Click below to see her performance.

 My favorite composer/arranger is Mark Hayes from Kansas City. I met Mark

about 20 years ago.  I love his music

so much that my first

piano solo CD was a collection

of his sacred solos.

I ordered one of his new books,

The Art of The Piano Book 3.

Imagine my surprise when I turned

to the song

"Since Jesus Came Into My Heart"

and saw above the title that he had

dedicated it to me!

What a pleasant surprise and

what an honor to have

my name in one of his piano solo book!