Welcome to 2020-2021 – New Website, New Year!

I am delighted to introduce my new website, http://www.mezzoidvoicestudio.com! This is basically where you are right now, but I’ve built a whole new website around this blog site and moved it from my previous platform, mezzoid.com. Mezzoid.com still works. I have too many pencils, bags, and business cards bearing that URL to let it goContinue reading “Welcome to 2020-2021 – New Website, New Year!”

Staycation Projects

I am in the process of completely revamping my website and moving it to this platform. Sneak peek: As a result, I probably won’t be writing much for the next couple of weeks, but I did want you to know that I’m here and what’s coming up. After the success of Richard Carsey’s masterclass lastContinue reading “Staycation Projects”

Takeaways from Friday’s masterclass

On Friday, I hosted a masterclass featuring conductor Richard Carsey, who worked with 7 singers on musical theater repertoire. Some students were pre-professionals who want to pursue musical theater. One was an avocational performer in her local community theater companies. Two more were professionals, one experienced in musical theater, the other making a decision toContinue reading “Takeaways from Friday’s masterclass”

Why I do this

I was asked by NextDoor, the national neighborhood group, to write a post for my business page on why I do what I do, using the hashtag #WhyIDoThis. I was limited to 1000 characters, so I recycled part of a post from last summer and part of the opening of my studio policies, which IContinue reading “Why I do this”

What ISN’T a masterclass?

Even before the pandemic, there have been a lot of posts and ads about masterclasses and why you should take them. Famous people have been offering masterclasses on acting, writing, comedy, singing (some with stronger credentials than others) and people have been signing up for them and saying, “TAKE MY MONEY.” But what isn’t aContinue reading “What ISN’T a masterclass?”

Singing in the Mask – Literally

One thing I do not teach is the concept of placement. It’s something I was taught, and it was something that worked for me, because I respond well to imagery. I’d rather draw awareness to individual sensations of resonance instead. The idea of “singing in the mask” comes from the idea that the classical singerContinue reading “Singing in the Mask – Literally”

Radical (In)Authenticity

The other day on FB, there was one of those silly little quizzes to figure out what your solar eclipse identity is (I guess there’s one coming up). This was the quiz: Based on this I am the Guardian of Radical Ideas. I embrace this designation wholeheartedly. I have never been one to play thingsContinue reading “Radical (In)Authenticity”

The Music is the Star

The performer is not the star. The music is the star.  The performer is the vessel, the performer is the channel through which the music passes as a prism and comes to the performer.                                           Continue reading “The Music is the Star”

Why I Audit

For those of you who aren’t Three Stooges fans (which I’m certainly not) or not of a certain age (which I certainly am), you may need to go and research the Three Stooges a bit in order to get this reference. You can start here. Knock yourselves out – nyuk nyuk nyuk (that’s also aContinue reading “Why I Audit”