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House Concert!

I am very excited to announce that I am hosting Emma Langford in a house concert on August 12, 2022. I have talked about Emma in these blogs several times, both in the context of World Voice Weekend and, the first time, about how inspired I was her (“Her voice was broken,  so I singContinue reading “House Concert!”

Taking a break

As I indicated previously, this was a long year, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  So I’ve decided that I’m taking a break. Not from teaching, although I have condensed my schedule significantly, and not from singing, although there won’t be that much of it during the summer. I’ve decided that this summer is goingContinue reading “Taking a break”

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 viewContinue reading “Oh what a showcase!”

Authenticity

I’m absolutely swamped this week with recital prep, so here’s a quick little quote from Kelli O’Hara in Classical Singer magazine (October 2021) regarding authenticity:* “The biggest advice I ever give is this authenticity thing, which is to be who you are and not make yourself into something you’re not, vocally or otherwise, ever. Because, again,Continue reading “Authenticity”

Be not afraid? Or maybe be afraid

On Saturday night, I cantored Mass and had to sing “Be not afraid” at Communion. I’ve sung that song hundreds of times in regular Mass services and at funerals. But this past Saturday, I suddenly thought of all the funerals at which it would be sung this coming week in Uvalde, Texas, and I barelyContinue reading “Be not afraid? Or maybe be afraid”

Communication is Key

In any relationship, communication is key. Whether it’s a marriage (and I’m on my second, so I can verify this is true), a friendship, or a work relationship, it is essential that you communicate. Something that I’ve noticed much more of since I opened my East Coast studio is that people don’t answer: the phoneContinue reading “Communication is Key”

Showcase 2022!

On June 5, I will be hosting a showcase featuring 12 of my current students performing primarily ensembles from musical theater, opera, and nu-folk. The performance will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson at 3pm and is free to the public. I have done a few studio programs since I’ve been back in BaltimoreContinue reading “Showcase 2022!”

The Music Makers

The first time I ever heard the line “We are the music makers – and we are the dreamers of dreams” was in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Although the movie came out when I was still a child, I never saw the movie until I was an adult (I can count onContinue reading “The Music Makers”