Reviewing the Situation: 6 Months of Online Lessons

I’m reviewing…. the situation … 

It’s been a little over 6 months since we switched over to online lessons. A couple of people didn’t like the format and took a break, but most people are handling it quite well and, as I’ve mentioned before, there have been some advantages and people have had some breakthroughs (or grapefruits).

As I mentioned in a previous blogpost, I was recently published in the NATS independent voice teachers magazine, Inter-Nos. Also featured in that issue was an interview with my Speakeasy Cooperative colleague, Deanna Maio, founder of Confident Voice Studio and Portland Musical Theatre Company in Oregon. She has been teaching online since well before the pandemic and is doing wonderfully creative things with online musicals and other programs. She is a tremendous inspiration to me. This outline of the benefits of online/live-streaming lessons really spoke to me yesterday, and I wanted to share it with my readers.

In the past 6 months, Mezzoid Voice Studio has brought in people like Richard Carsey, Lissa deGuzman, and, most recently, Amanda Kaiser, in wonderfully successful masterclasses that allowed us to expand our knowledge base beyond Baltimore. We began studio classes that are going beyond standing and singing in place and that include singers from the area and ones that have rejoined me from Wisconsin.

Even though we might consider ourselves “trapped” or at least limited in these circumstances, we are creating, we are connecting, and we are doing so confidently, consistently, and conveniently, and will continue to do so. And of course, we’re doing so as curiously strong singers and performers.

If you would like to explore curiously strong singing (and performing!), please set up an appointment to chat with me at a mutually convenient time or drop a message in the comments!

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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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