But when YOU dream….

I often ask brand new students, “So what are your hopes and dreams?” It’s a way of finding out why they’re taking lessons, what their goals are, etc.

Really, I should be asking what their hopes and goals are, because the primary definition of a dream is:

: a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep

Which is what I talked about in my blogpost from this past Thursday.

But usually, when we talk about our dreams, we’re talking about daydreams. We’re talking about the things we want to happen in our lives that seem like they’re not quite real, as though we imagined them – in other words, “an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream.”

In that secondary definition, I see words I really like:

  • notable for beauty, excellence, or quality
  • ideal
  • goal or purpose

And my favorite word:


My favorite place in Baltimore is the American Visionary Art Museum, which specializes in the preservation and display of “outsider art” (also known as “self-taught” or “naive” art). Much of the art there seems to come from a dream (and some from nightmares). It’s where I take people when they’ve never been to Baltimore before. Aquarium? Yeah, that’s fine. Let me take you somewhere that embodies Baltimore. They’re always blown away by it.

AVAM, Baltimore, Marylad

A visionary is defined as having or marked by foresight and imagination. (It also defines it as someone impractical or who sees things, but I’m going to go with foresight and imagination, if you don’t mind.)

You may say I’m a dreamer.
But I’m not the only one.

— John Lennon

(Should’ve saved that quote for Tuesday, which will be the 40th anniversary of his murder….)

So what are your hopes, dreams, visions, goals, and ideals? What do you dream when you dream, whether that’s at night or with your eyes wide open?


Want to explore your hopes & dreams and find your voice? Join MVS and become a Musically Vibrant Singer – or maybe a Magnificent Visionary Soloist – or whatever else you can think of.
Contact me to set up a Vocal Discovery Session!

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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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