Celebrate World Voice Day with MDDC NATS!

World Voice Day MDDC NATS

People asked me if I was going to do World Voice Weekend again this year – but, unfortunately, World Voice Day falls on Saturday of Holy Week and it’s spring break for a lot of my students, so we’ll all be too busy.

Instead, I’m working with the Maryland-DC Chapter of NATS (for which I am recording secretary and programming chair – because I just have so much time on my hands) to celebrate World Voice Day by inviting people to participate in an online event leading up to the day itself.

The theme for World Voice Day this year is Lift Your Voice. MDDC NATS is taking that a step further with Lift Your Voice: Celebrating Diversity & Overcoming Adversity.

More information can be found on the website (above), the FB event page, and in this handy-dandy graphic below:

One minute may seem very short to tell your story – but actors have to do it all the time. Whether it’s for college auditions or show auditions, professional or community theater, actors are often limited to 16-32 measures, which roughly comes to 45-90 seconds. Think of American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice – they’re all limited to 90 seconds.

Why are we doing only 60 seconds? Because that’s the maximum time a video will play for on Instagram Reels or on TikTok. Any more than that and you have to click through to view the whole thing. And – as they say:

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Plus you have the written part of the post to explain just why you picked what you picked, and that can be as long as you want.

A panel will review the videos in the week following World Voice Day and the singer whose video tells the story the best will be awarded a prize TBD. (And by TBD, I mean we’re still working on it.)

Perhaps next year, I may do World Voice Weekend again. World Voice Day falls on Sunday, April 16; Easter is the Sunday before. Maybe I’ll do it on my own again (hopefully with a little help to allow me to make it more affordable for everyone) or maybe I’ll collaborate with MDDC NATS.

Stay tuned!

Speaking of NATS, I am happy to announce that Sasha Kostakis took third place in her section at Mid-Atlantic Regionals. While she did not advance to Nationals, I am proud of her for her accomplishment, and also proud of students Juliet Jones and Nick Johnson, who also made it to Regionals. Congratulations to all!
And since they didn’t advance to nationals, I can share these videos of their virtual auditions without worrying that it’ll compromise them at the next level. Enjoy!

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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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