My Name Is... Deborah Solo Collins

Mom, music teacher and band member

Posted 9/6/17

Back to school

I’m from Michigan — a small town outside of Ann Arbor called Chelsea. I received an English degree from the University of Michigan in 2007. I really wanted to pursue music, so the whole time I was in school I was performing as …

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My Name Is... Deborah Solo Collins

Mom, music teacher and band member

Posted

Back to school

I’m from Michigan — a small town outside of Ann Arbor called Chelsea. I received an English degree from the University of Michigan in 2007. I really wanted to pursue music, so the whole time I was in school I was performing as a singer/songwriter around town. I started a business teaching music at preschools in Michigan.

My husband and I moved out here eight years ago. I tried out some other things like sales, but I really felt like I needed to teach music. So I went back to school at Metro State University for music education. It was so fun to get that knowledge that I always wanted.

I’m a mom of two. My older daughter is 3 years old and my youngest is 15 months. I get to be home with them most of the time, which makes me really happy.

My role at Swallow Hill

I got involved with Swallow Hill almost by coincidence. A friend who I went to music school with was working there and knew they needed a temporary guitar teacher for summer camp. My baby was 6 months old at the time, so I wasn’t ready for anything full-time. Swallow Hill had just opened up a Lowry location and I was able to get my foot in the door. I started out teaching three classes on Thursdays. Now I teach four classes on Thursdays and I come in for three hours on Saturdays.

My passion project

I’ve always performed as a soloist, writing my own music. After my first daughter was born, I started the Deborah Solo Trio with a percussionist and cellist. The band is my passion project. They really boost me up. I describe our music as folk-inspired indie rock. We play at all sorts of events — private parties, offices, corporate parties, weddings. We play at the Roxborough State Park summer music series. We have all-original sets, but we can customize our set list for any specifications.

My favorite people

My kids are really special. It’s so hard to describe how happy they make me. My older daughter, Chloe, is a lot like me — super-outgoing and friendly. She loves drama and acting and singing. My younger daughter, Hannah, loves to be outside. She’s only 15 months but she’ll bring me her shoes and say, “Go.” She might be like her daddy.

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