Wendy is a professional vocalist and recording artist who has been delivering smart and arresting performances to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular artists in the region. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive jazz performances.
Wendy has appeared on stages from Chicago to Tokyo and performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for Deltron 3030.
In addition to singing with her quartet and her newly formed ensemble RetroCurrent, Wendy is also the featured vocalist with the vintage dance band 42nd Street Jazz band, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, and the Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Quartet.
Performing with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold and UNCA jazz faculty
Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center, her favorite opera roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflote.
An accomplished Equity actor as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stages of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company. She received glowing reviews for her portrayals of Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Allison in Beehive, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe...to name just a few.
Wendy has also appeared as a soloist with the Symphony of the Mountains, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Asheville Choral Society, and the Carolina Concert Choir in works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, and Kern's Showboat.
With the Page Brothers at the 7th Annual Django Festival - Asheville, NC 2016
She was also one of nine singers chosen after extensive international auditions to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review ENCORE!
From 1991 - 2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer on cruise ships and it was during this time that she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one-woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald). Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She co-wrote a tribute to the the lives and works of Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney with Rachael Smith Murray called Peggy, Rosie, and Us and the show enjoyed a strong run throughout the southeastern United States.
She is a proud member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, (NATS) National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Jazz Education Network, (JEN) Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Llambda, and Alpha Psi Omega.
Wendy is currently the General Manager of Studio 52 (YouthTheatre) at Flat Rock Playhouse. She feels blessed to have, not only the opportunity to sing professionally, but to also take part in educating area students in grades K-12 in theatre and musical arts. Not many people have the opportunity to pursue BOTH of their passions and Wendy feels gratitude daily for the opportunities to sing as well teach the next generation of performers.