Pro Tip Tuesday!

While I was posting an article on my studio Facebook page, I was going to use the hashtag #ProTip and #ProTipTuesday came up. Which is, apparently, a thing!

So (and i know a lot of people are annoyed by people who start sentences with “So,” but I do, so – so?) I thought about the Pro Tips I could offer today and possibly on subsequent Tuesdays. Here are a few, off the top of my head, gained from my XYZ number of years of performance and teaching experience (both personal and observational):

  • Try to remain upright while singing
    This may involve:
    • Not locking your knees
    • Making sure that you have eaten enough
    • Ensuring that your shoes are stable or that you are stable in them
    • Checking to make sure that your hemline is not loose anywhere so that you won’t put a heel through it as you are walking (this can apply to pants as well as skirts)
    • Having your hemline adjusted so that you won’t step on it, especially if there are any steps involved (I speak from experience here)
  • Be a good colleague
    • For more specifics on this, you can either check out Cindy Sadler’s ASK ERDA column in Classical Singer Magazine from February 2005 OR
    • My blogpost on this from 2011, which is a repost of a PRE-blog newsletter I sent out in 2001
    • An article I wrote for Classical Singer years ago, when I thought I would never remarry and was using my cat’s name as my pen name
  • Always have a pencil
    I’ve been really bad about this because I have been using my iPad Pro for scores, and with that I use my Apple Pencil, and – I haven’t really gone anywhere for the last year where I actually needed a real pencil. I’ve found myself at rehearsals with actual paper music in front of me – and no pencil. Not professional.
  • Stay healthy – check out this lovely blogpost and video from February 2020 (before we knew what was going to happen and before my hair turned purple and teal) to read about my approach to vocal health and watch me irrigating my sinuses

Neti Pot Pro Tip!

This is my first #ProTipTuesday! Do you have any tips you’d like share? Feel free to add 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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