Mission Statement about Curiously Strong Singing

I just tightened up my website a bit (www.mezzoid.com) and am moving some text from there to here because I don’t want to lose it. It’s my raison d’etre, my mission statement, my philosophy, whatever you want to call it.

I am a firm believer that singing is the coordination of natural functions in a way to ensure a sound that is natural, free, attractive, and feels really terrific.

Singers are vocal athletes. The best athletes are not only strong, they are flexible and they are aligned so they can perform with ease. They are in command of their bodies – which are their instruments. In this way, singers are closer to athletes than any other musician. Our instrument is not external to us, it is not something we can put in a case and stuff in a closet. We carry it with us everywhere we go. We are curiously strong.

We breathe to live. We breathe to sing. We balance our breath energy in order to create a beautiful tone. It’s all about balance, in our bodies and in our spirits. And that’s what I’m here to help you find. Balance.

Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio

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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