Once the Distinguished Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University, she is a well-decorated violinist and teacher who has worked with many orchestras.
She began playing violin before she turned three years old and performed with most of the major orchestras in the United States before receiving the silver medal in a two-way tie at the International Tchaikovsky Competition when she was seventeen.
RCA's Red Label released her Sibelius Violin Concerto recording in 1981, the label's first major classical work recorded in digital sound.
She married David Lockington, who has conducted the Grand Rapids Symphony; they have four children together.
She played with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall when Eugene Ormandy was director.