Judy grew up in Toronto. Music has been an integral part of her life since she was three years old. By the time she graduated from the University of Guelph in 1973, she had passed Grade 8 piano and was singing with three different choirs. Her musical talents were put to good use in her early career as a primary school teacher, and later on as a strolling musician in a number of restaurants in the Guelph area. A long-time passion for contra-dancing has segued into a second career, and she is a regular caller at dances across the northeastern US and Canada. She plays guitar, piano, Appalachian dulcimer and spoons.