I know it’s supposed to be more inclusive, but “folks” is not not-inclusive.
And peeps is weird and seems self-conscious. And don’t get me started on “dawg.” Please.
Kids/Kiddos – maybe if I’m talking to my students, but it seems awfully casual.
But “Peep-a-doodles” tickles me.
I also like “Change Makers.” Because I feel like we do make change, as performers (and not just at the restaurant or retail jobs that support us as we are starting out).
Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s poem Music and Moonlight (1874) is known primarily for its opening stanza:
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;— World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems.
The poem has been set to music by a variety of composers, most notably Sir Edward Elgar in his work, The Music Makers for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (why don’t I know/haven’t sung this??). But how we know it best is from this more contemporary classic:
So perhaps this week I will greet you with:
“Hello, dreamer of dreams!”
“Good day, music maker!”
It’ll all depend on my mood. Wait and see.
Don’t forget about studio class this Wednesday! More on that (and the following ones) to come!
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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