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Oh what a showcase!

I’m still bathing in the afterglow of the success of Sunday’s showcase, If we only have love.

We began with Emma Langford’s “Birdsong.” Here’s a video (ignore my wandering at the beginning – someone moved my tambourine and I started freaking out – we were singing in a side chapel and were not in view of the audience):

The soloists are Juliet Jones, Dissonance McManus, Kay-Megan Washington, and Sela McMullen. Emma Langford has seen the video and pronounced it “deadly,” which, in Irish slang, is the same as “great.” Or “bangin’,” as the kids say (assuming they still say that). It slayed.

I’m still compiling videos of the individual/small group numbers that my friend Lisa Dickinson generously made for me into a playlist, which I will share with my students and their parents. The opening and closing numbers are public and I’ve posted them on the socials. Here’s some screenshots from these numbers:

Here’s the video of our closing number, which I arranged back in 2010 for that year’s showcase opener, and rearranged this year as a closer. Enjoy – especially my spontaneous happy dance at the end!

The first four singers are my graduating seniors, three of whom I wrote about a few weeks ago when they made their college choices. I will be highlighting the fourth one as well – they’ll get their own post. Other soloists include:

      • Sasha Kostakis – When You Believe (joined by Nick Johnson and Tracy Davidson)
      • Michael Tan – Hallelujah, verse 1
      • Kay-Megan Washington – Hallelujah, verse 2

The sopranos in the final section are Nichole Feltner, Tracy Davidson, Juliet Jones, Kay-Megan Washington, and Lily Porter. Altos are Penni Barnett, Vivie LaBellarte, Ava Basta, and myself. Nick Johnson sang tenor all by himself, and the bass line was covered by Michael Tan and my husband, Bill O’Meally (who also played Judge Turpin to my Beadle Bamford in the Sweeney quartet). The descant is sung by Sela McMullen, Dissonance McManus, and Sasha Kostakis.

Thank you to everyone who participated, both singers and parents (in the case of non-adults). Here’s that this will become an annual occurrence. I already have some ideas for combinations for next year.

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If this sounds like something you or your child would be interested in participating in, why not consider joining the studio in the 2022-23 season? Lessons will run
from 9/6/2022-6/10/2023
(exact dates TBD)
Go to my Work With Me! page to find out how to do just that!

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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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