Reflections on Summer Goals

June 1! Officially two weeks till my birthday.


When I was younger, everything after May 15 and before June 30 was related to how close it was to my birthday.

That’s less of a big deal now.

But I do see June 1 as the unofficial beginning of summer and a new year (for me) and a time to evaluate what to do during the time “off.” (Although after 15 months of a pandemic, what’s different?)

I have a few goals for this summer:

  1. Watch all of the Marvel movies in chronological order (I’m paying for Disney+ for more than just Hamilton at this point).
  2. Re-watch WandaVision after #1 so that the stuff I missed will make sense to me.
  3. Learn two new arias for my WNO audition in September, which I hope to coach with a friend of mine, Shannon Coates (she doesn’t know this yet because I haven’t asked her).
  4. Successfully host What To Know/What I Wish I’d Known About College Auditions on June 30 at 6pm.
  5. Plan and implement a new membership program for serious vocal students for the 2021-2022 season
  6. Write some new cabaret shows!
  7. Lose the 8# that I gained back since the beginning of the year (still 17# down, but I’m trying to avoid the slippery slope).

All of these goals are, hopefully, achievable over the next three months, which is what goals should be.  Not pie-in-the-sky goals, but ones you can get done. (Oooh, maybe I shouldn’t be talking about pie right now…. see #7..)

If you’d like to see another point of view about goal setting and re-evaluating them well after the New Year (which is when we usually set goals), here’s a great article from the website Stage Agent. What I really like about this article is the acknowledgement that goals shift and it’s okay for them to do so. Lord knows mine have!

Do you have goals for the summer? What are they? Drop them in the comments and we can talk about them!
If one of your goals is to audition for college next year, check out the June 30 panel discussion.
More info and registration can be found HERE.


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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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