Dawn scats at microphone kicking off inclusion work at New England Foundation for the Arts gathering at Capitol Plaza ballroom in Montpelier, Vermont. Wide open mouth and expressive, pain and care etch her face.
Dawn performs to spur a 2019 New England gathering into action on inclusion. Photo by Jeffrey Filiault/NEFA.

Performance Artist

As a performance artist, Dawn shifts through disciplines of theater, movement, and performance poetry.  She associates with the New England Performers Artist Retreat in Brattleboro, Vermont and Northhampton, Massachusettes. Ensemble stage work includes theatre with Montpelier, VT’s Lost Nation Theater, Ice Fire Productions of Waitsfield, VT, and Green Candle Theatre Company of Burlington, VT. Dance includes performing with Tony award winning Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Company and choreography for Lost Nation Theater and Garage Theater, predecessor to Green Candle Theatre Company.



Currently, Dawn performs choral and symphonic works with the Green Mountain Mahler Festival Chorus, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Burlington Choral Society.  A founding member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and twelve-person choral group under Robert DeCormier and Kate Tamarkin, Dawn sings now with José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and Jamie Laredo. Dawn’s choral work includes seasons with the Choral Arts Society and the National Symphony Orchestra under Norman Scribner and Leonard Slatkin, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra under Paul Head and David Amado.  Singing a cappella, she toured the U.S. and Asia with various groups, including Whim ‘n’ Rhythm and Out of the Blue of Yale, which she co-founded, serving as its first musical director. Dawn classically trained in piano at American University’s preparatory program with Claire Rozier, and studied music composition at Yale University and voice with Bill Reed Voice Studios.


Dawn scats and improvises harmonies with all manner of musician or sound.  Influenced by artists like Bobby McFerrin and circle singing, Dawn elicits improvisational sound pieces from large groups of people who may or may not consider themselves musicians.