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Exciting Changes for 2021-2022

I am pleased to announce some exciting changes coming for the 2021-22 year!

The first change is that I have decided to move all lessons to a 50-minute length. For my 45-minute students, this is a 5 minute increase. For my 60-minute students, we’ll be done 10 minutes earlier. (I have just violated my cardinal rule of not doing maths in public.)50 minute lessons in 2021-2022

 

There are a few reasons I’m doing this:

    1. I tend to run over with my 45 minute lessons, which then means I start the next lesson late, which means I end late at the end of the day, sometimes by as much as 15 minutes.
    2. It will make it easier for people to book their lessons.
    3. My dog needs to be fed and/or be let out. He will come and stare at me at about 4:50pm. If I don’t feed him by 5, the barking begins. (He has a very reliable inner clock.)
    4. Sometimes I have to go to the bathroom. I am, after all, mortal.

As a result of this, there will be a slight increase in cost for the former 45-minute students (and a decrease for the 60-minute ones).

Like last year, lessons will be offered over a 40 week period, starting after Labor Day (which is also Rosh Hashanah).

The 2021-2022 year will go from September 7 through June 11 (I always take off birthday week!). More specific information will be forthcoming when I find out what the scoop will be about my various temple/church/opera gigs and possible vacation.

In the event that I am cast in and decide to do Carmen with WNO, I will be extending this as needed based on those conflicts.

Also, based on the last two years of offering package options, I have decided to increase the number of lessons for the 2021-2022 year from 30 to 32.

The majority of people have had several weeks left at the end of the year after they’d finished their packages. Since we still had a recital coming up, just about everyone did a set of bridge lessons to cover the time till the summer session began, or began the summer session early.

This will also add the cost of two lessons to the package, so there will be a slight increase for that as well.

This applies to the Performers Package. The Busy Professional package will remain at 20 lessons, and it will be for 50 minute lessons instead of 60, so there actually may be a price decrease or it might stay the same. (Although I haven’t done the math yet, so don’t hold me to that – see public math, above.)

Another change – I will be offering two payment options instead of three.

(No one took the three-payment option last year for the Performers Package last year anyway.) Going forward, payment may be made:

    • In a lump sum upfront (Best Value)
    • Over 9 months, September-May

But the biggest new change of all is that I am introducing an MVP package for those students who are planning on going into music or musical theater.

Don’t get me wrong. All my students are valuable. MVP doesn’t stand for Most Valuable Player. It stands for Musically Vibrant Performer.

Musically Vibrant Performer
Announcing the MVP Package for Serious Singers

This is going to be an offering for people who really want to focus on the discipline and devotion (which, BTW, is going to be a blogpost theme later this month) that is required of any kind of serious practice, singing or otherwise. Like the performer’s package, it’ll include 32 lessons, but it’ll go beyond that. Full details will be sent out to invitees on July  10.

Become an MVS MVP
MVS Package

It’ll be kind of like going to an all-inclusive resort – except you’ll have to put in some work, instead of just lying by the pool (you’ll be neck deep in the pool instead).

All-inclusive MVP packages
BYO Tasty Beverage

At this point, this is an offering by invitation only for students who have indicated that they intend to go into these fields. But if you’re thinking of exploring that kind of training and would like to know more about this, drop me an email and we can talk about whether this is right for you.

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If you missed the treasure trove of information that was the College Audition Panel Discussion last week, it’s not too late to contact me to see if you can get the PDF and video link. The latter will be available through August 31.
(Cost: $25)

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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