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Celebrate World Voice Day with 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 IContinue reading “Celebrate World Voice Day with MDDC NATS!”

Be a GOAT

Several years ago, videos of goats screaming like people hit the internet and became an obsession. People shared the videos of the goats just plain screaming, or cross-cut them into videos of people singing opera or missing a high note in “Let it go” in Times Square on New Year’s Eve (you know who you are,Continue reading “Be a GOAT”

Music in Our Schools Month

The celebration of Black History Month is over, although Black history continues to flourish and enhance society (check out my studio FB page for the 28 artists to whom I paid tribute during February). Now it is March, and it is Music in Our Schools Month! (AKA MIOSM) Not everyone knows this, but my undergrad degreeContinue reading “Music in Our Schools Month”

The Alchemy of Singing

Today’s blogpost is inspired by the great Annie Lennox, one of my favorite performers of all times. She wrote an article for The Guardian entitled, “Why Everyone Should Sing.” And since this blogpost is titled Why I Sing (and you can go back and check out my very first post explaining that right here),  –Continue reading “The Alchemy of Singing”

Happy Holidays (all of them)

Saying “Happy Holidays” at this time of year does not mean that you have sold out and are part of the so-called War on Christmas. It is an acknowledgement that there are multiple holidays at this time of year and different people celebrate different things. Sometimes Hanukkah is at the same time as Christmas. ThisContinue reading “Happy Holidays (all of them)”

Grateful 2021

2021 hasn’t proved to be the relief we expected after 2020; but there are a still a lot of things – and people – for which we can be grateful.

Make It Look Easy

Awhile back, I posed the question about whether you want to be a performer who shows up or shows off. Following up on that, are you someone who wants to draw attention to your process as an artist or do you want to make it easy for them? I have become smitten with the contraltoContinue reading “Make It Look Easy”

Exploration Plus Exploitation

Recent studies show that tremendous bursts of creativity (or “hot streaks”) are the result of exploration plus exploitation. Teachers often encourage the former – but the latter is such a weighted word these days. How can you use exploitation in a positive way?