Deborah began composing at the age of 6. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) with a degree in French. After graduation, she worked as a nanny in Paris, then taught English for two years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia where she learned to play the ‘oud and sing in Arabic. Soon after, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of studying the English Renaissance lute. In 1979 she earned her master’s degree in French from the University of Washington (Seattle) and taught French on the college level. Over the years, she has studied seven foreign languages and continues to travel widely throughout the world. She enjoys gourmet cooking, basic gardening and the arts. She has sung in a number of choirs, including ten years with the PLU Choral Union. She also enjoys watercolor painting, as represented by the watercolor illustrations on this web site.
Deborah’s compositions range in setting from solo voice and choir to instrumental solos and ensembles. Her work is regularly performed at National Flute Association conventions, university faculty and student recitals, and by chamber music groups all over the world. Several works have been awarded prizes and honors from international competitions.