Bachelor of Music in voice, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, Virginia, 1984—1988. Master of Music in voice, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990—1992. Doctor in music, University Maryland, College Park, 1993—1997.
Adjunct professor music St. Mary's College Maryland, St. Mary's City, 1997—1999. Associate professor music St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, since 1999. Presenter, lecture recital College Music Society Regional Conference, Sweetbriar, Virginia, 1998.
Competition coordinator William Kapell International Piano Competition, College Park, Maryland, 1998. Lecture, presenter Minnesota Music Educators Association, Minneapolis, 2003.
Fellow: Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Iota (honorary. Patroness 2002-2004). Member: National Association Teachers Singing, National Italian American Foundation, Pi Kappa Lamba.
Married Karl Alan Van Beckum, July 15, 1989.