My First Webinar!

This past Saturday, I hosted a webinar on the topic of singing the Schubert Ave Maria. Each attendee received a handout afterwards covering:

  • The history of the piece (spoiler alert: Schubert did not write the Ave Maria – at least that wasn’t the name of the song, it wasn’t in Latin, nor was it intended as a setting of the Hail Mary prayer)
  • The translation of the Latin text and its setting in the song
  • The pronunciation of the Latin text using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • A deconstruction of the song for practice purposes, including
    • Deconstructed sheet music 
    • A practice track for a singer to work with before adding the actual accompaniment

I posted a video of the webinar to YouTube last night, and you can find here. (Note: I accidentally did not record the first half of the webinar in real time – forgot to take it off pause when I was waiting for folks – so the first half was made after everyone had left; which allowed me to fix a few things I had issues with, tech-wise, during the actual webinar.)

You can watch it here:

If you are interested in getting the handout about the history/translation/pronunciation, please click here and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

What other topics would you like to see in a webinar? Someone suggested “O Holy Night” when we get closer to Christmas. Some ideas I have include:

  • International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Structuring your Practice Session

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them 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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