Ch-ch-ch-changes – Welcome to Mezzoid: The Voice Studio of Christine Thomas-O’Meally!

Longer ago than I want to admit, I was in a choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as a paid alto chorister. For those of you who aren’t that well-versed (no pun intended) in choral music, mezzos usually sing alto in choirs. This is due to tessitura, rather than range. I’m more comfortable as an alto 1 than alto 2, but definitely not comfortable in S2.

Our conductor, Leo Nestor, was working through a piece, and turned to us and said, “Okay, altoids, let’s go over this part,” and I said, “Excuse me, but I happen to be a mezzoid.” He said “What’s the difference?” I said, “I’m still curiously strong, but I sing a minor third higher.” (Cue music nerd laughter.)
Since that time, I’ve gone by mezzoid as an email address, first with AOL (in 1996!), then with wi.rr.com, and for the last 10+ years, with gmail. Then I got a website mezzoid.com, and then a personalized license plate (first in WI, now in MD). It’s been my brand. When I check into conferences and workshops around the country, people recognize me from my posts on the now-defunct Vocalist bulletin board and other places.
So I have officially changed my studio name to Mezzoid: The Voice Studio of Christine Thomas-O’Meally (and I’ve changed the URL to MezzoidStudio). I commissioned a logo (below). I’ve updated my website and included Mezzoid as part of my identity.  I changed the URL of this blog from omeallystudio to mezzoidstudio.

New studio polices will be “dropped” on Tuesday, September 4, with some clarification of things to expect – from me to you and from you to me. Lots of ch-ch-changes ahead! And this is a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.

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Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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