Wendy is a writer and musician. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology and has taught both sociology and written communication at Massey University, Albany (2008-2017). She received her formative music education in the European tradition at the Nelson School of Music and is a proficient flautist, pianist and violinist.
She has served on both the staff and Board of Trustees at the Nelson School of Music, and was an active member of the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, Radio Nelson Chamber Orchestra, and Nelson Wind Quintet (1970-2000). As a former itinerant music teacher at both primary and secondary school level, she has over twenty five years instrumental and tutorial teaching experience with children and young adults.
Prior to her music teaching career, Wendy worked as a programme producer with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and Radio New Zealand. She maintains a keen research interest in the social significance of the musical arts, and the benefits of nurturing practical musicianship from the earliest age.