Curating and Cultivating Community

And curiosity. And creativity. And cleverness. I really like words that begin with the /k/ sound (I figured that sounds better than saying “I like C words, ” which was what I started to type and then said, “Oh wait…”) That’s what World Voice Weekend is about. I strive to have my studio be aboutContinue reading “Curating and Cultivating Community”

World Voice Weekend Master Clinician Announcement!

I am thrilled beyond belief to announce officially that the master clinicians for World Voice Weekend will be Broadway actors Christian Borle (4/17) and Adrianna Hicks (4/18). Both masterclasses will take place at 3pm on their respective days. I had the good fortune to attend a masterclass hosted by voice teacher Susan Hanlon and acting coach IzzieContinue reading “World Voice Weekend Master Clinician Announcement!”

Updating your audition book: The 5 C’s for Choosing an Audition Song

I think I do a pretty good job at choosing audition songs. In fact, it might be one of my superpowers. I like finding pieces that bring things out in people, not only things I knew were there but things I merely suspected were there, and maybe even things I had NO IDEA where there. ButContinue reading “Updating your audition book: The 5 C’s for Choosing an Audition Song”

Go with the flow

I’ve been doing some thinking about the concept of flow. Yesterday and today, I spent a great deal of time working on tax prep, and at one point, I realized I had forgotten to eat. That is something incomprehensible to me. I can function just fine on lack of sleep, but if I don’t getContinue reading “Go with the flow”

In the Beginning was the Word (maybe)

Or was it the music? It depends on the composer. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart agreed that Rodgers would write the music first,  and Hart would fit the words to the music. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II began with Hammerstein’s lyrics, with Rodgers fitting the music to the lyrics. In that case, yes, theContinue reading “In the Beginning was the Word (maybe)”

A Stroke of … Scenius?

I just came across the term “scenius” a few  months ago in a blogpost – I’m not sure where. I thought it might be Seth Godin, but I didn’t find it. Scenius is defined as “communal genius” that occurs in scenes rather than genes. It was created by musician Brian Eno and is intended toContinue reading “A Stroke of … Scenius?”

What Worked in 2020

Last year at this time, I felt very positive about the year going forward. I had gone through a year-by-year decade review and felt very proud of the changes I’d made and things I’d achieved. I expected even more good things to happen in 2021. Some of the things that I was expecting to doContinue reading “What Worked in 2020”

But when I dream….

I dream of crazy things. (This blogpost was going to be about achieving your dreams, but that’s not the way it turned out – I’ll talk about that another time.) Sometimes I have dreams about my students or musical colleagues, as either main or peripheral characters. Sometimes they’re really amusing dreams, sometimes terrifying and post-apocalyptic,Continue reading “But when I dream….”

Creativity + Intelligence

I like creative people. I like smart people. So I like creative, smart people. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many in my life, both as a performer and as a teacher, and to be friends with quite a few as well. I saw this quote by Albert Einstein, and I couldn’t agree more:Continue reading “Creativity + Intelligence”