Wendy was born and raised in New York. She is an ethnomusicologist, music director, composer/arranger, piano accompanist and vocal coach. She holds degrees from McGill and UBC (M.Mus. in ethnomusicology) and an advanced teaching license in Japanese shamisen and koto following many years study of traditional music in Japan. Wendy authored two books: Gambling Music of the Coast Salish Indians (National Museum of Man) and Northern Haida Songs (University of Nebraska Press), has over twenty of her choral arrangements published in the U.S. and Canada and recorded four CD’s of Jewish music.
Selected theatre credits (music director, conductor, composer, arranger) include: ten seasons at Theatre Under The Stars, Company (Skycorner), The Last Five Years (Roaring Lion), Ruthless! — the Musical (Ophidian), The One That Got Away (Electric Company), Little Mercy’s First Murder (Touchstone Theatre), Peer Gynt (Blackbird — Jessie Award, Outstanding Production), and The Thing About Men for Presentation House (co-produced by WRS Productions) and the Arts Club On Tour, The Story of My Life at the Revue Stage, Granville Island (co-produced by WRS Productions), The Girl In The Frame (Intimate Theatre Productions) and Magic to Do: a Stephen Schwartz Songbook. She is a founding director of Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, a musical theatre program for talented youth, which just completed its 21st season.
Wendy has received two Jessie Award nominations as well as an Ovation! Award.