Changing my Vision

I have been very good at writing regularly for the past year. I did decide to go from thrice weekly to twice weekly in 2021, and I’ve kept to that. Till this week. I missed Tuesday. And I forgot to write out a schedule for my April blogposts, which I usually do on the first of the month (but it was Holy Thursday, and I had a lot going on that day).

It’s been a rough couple of weeks.

After an initial burst of enthusiasm at the launch of World Voice Weekend on March 1, sales dropped off shortly afterwards, and despite some pretty intensive social media and email marketing (I really hate email marketing), and a few incentives, they never picked up to where I hoped they’d be at this point, with only 4 days left for registration.

It’s not that no one is coming, it’s just not as many as I’d hoped.

My vision was that I was providing an event to unite the community of voice users. That we’d all join together for two days of incredible content, going from one fantastic workshop/concert/masterclass to the next.  And people told me that what I’ve planned was amazing, valuable, and important. And I believe that too.

I wanted to do more than just offer masterclasses and charge per session. Anyone can do that. And they do. I wanted to offer an experience.

And I’m still going to do so. And the price for the whole thing only went up to $250 from my early bird pricing. You can still get that through Monday.

But I’m also recognizing that either my marketing was not enough or on target (did I mention that I hate email marketing?),  or that the timing was off, or that I haven’t developed the KLT (know/like/trust) in order to get enough people to sign up for this. The last part feeds into that little voice in my head that whispers, “people don’t like you.” (Why that voice has an Estonian accent, I don’t know…) I really hope that part isn’t why.  (Not fishing.)

I also didn’t get a Creativity Grant from the state which would have paid for all my clinicians and made me less anxious. I missed it by one point.

Also I had skin cancer surgery. I’m fine, but it was just one more thing that I didn’t really want to have to deal with.  And it probably impacted my marketing progress.

So I’m changing my vision a little bit to offer some audit spots for the Christian Borle and Adrianna Hicks masterclasses. Since these are being offered in separate Zoom rooms anyway, I can do that, and still keep the rest of the weekend events for those people who paid for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Borle’s masterclass will be at 3pm on Saturday, April 17. I will offer up to 25 auditor seats at $35.00 each. Six singers are scheduled to sing. You may register for Mr. Borle’s masterclass here.

Adrianna Hicks’ masterclass will be at 3pm on Sunday, April 18. I will offer up to 25 auditor seats at $25.00 each. Six singers are scheduled to sing, four of whom are scholarship recipients from Morgan State University and Baltimore School of the Arts. I was able provide these scholarships due to a generous donation from MDDC NATS and an anonymous benefactor. You may register for Ms. Hicks’ masterclass here.

I know that there were people who only wanted to audit these in the first place, and I didn’t want to go these, but the market has told me otherwise. For now. But only for now.

Purchase of either of these appointments only gives you to access to the masterclass itself
and to no other session in World Voice Weekend. 

Contact MVS if you have any questions.

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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