I was asked by NextDoor, the national neighborhood group, to write a post for my business page on why I do what I do, using the hashtag #WhyIDoThis.
I was limited to 1000 characters, so I recycled part of a post from last summer and part of the opening of my studio policies, which I just put out for the 2020-21 school year. This is what I wrote:
Mezzoid Voice Studio: Why I Do This. I firmly believe that good singing coordinates natural functions in a way to ensure a sound that is natural, free, attractive, and feels really terrific. My studio name, Mezzoid, comes from being in a choir where I sang in the alto section. My choir director said, “Okay, altoids, let’s go over your part.” 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.” So what is curiously strong singing/performing? It is:
1. Singing and/or performing that takes risks and digs deep into the song’s text, its history, and its style;
2. Singing and performing that is confident, consistent, and constantly developing;
3. Performing that welcomes in others as collaborators, as creators, as colleagues, and as an audience.
This is what I mean by being curiously strong as a singer and as a performer, and what I want for my students, my colleagues – really anyone who is in my life. And this is #WhyIDoThis.
If you want to know more about joining the Mezzoid Voice Studio and learning more about Curiously Strong Singing, please feel free to message me here or email me. There are a few openings that have come up and I’d love to have you join us.