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Can you be TOO aware?

I have written ad nauseum about awareness. Whether it’s in the context of Alexander Technique, setting intentions, or being mindful, awareness has become a trope of mindset work. And it’s not just me. Everyone is talking about it. While we don’t want to do things on auto-pilot, sometimes being too aware can really mess youContinue reading “Can you be TOO aware?”

Strength, Softness, and Wildness – Becoming a Curiously Strong Performer

I was going through some emails in the Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method forum today and someone made a reference to a Brené Brown quote: “Strong Backs, Soft Fronts, and Wild Hearts.” That intrigued me, because I’ve always been a fan of Brené Brown, and I find her choice of pithy phrases to be inspirational.Continue reading “Strength, Softness, and Wildness – Becoming a Curiously Strong Performer”

What have I done?

[This has nothing to do with music, although I could probably find a way if I tried] For many years, I thought I was a cat person. And then I married a man who loved golden retrievers, and suddenly I became a puppy mama. From 1980-2003, I had had cats. First there was Kahlua, aContinue reading “What have I done?”

Show Up or Show Off

One thing that is misunderstood about performers is that we do this because we need to show off. Because we are full of ourselves, we think we’re all that, we’re too big for our britches, we’re extroverts, we’re superficial, and all the other things m̶y̶ ̶m̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶i̶d̶ that people often say. And perhaps there areContinue reading “Show Up or Show Off”

Believe In Your Ideas

This morning’s Seth Godin post was timely, because it spoke about how sometimes things take time to catch on, no matter how good they are: I have had a bunch of ideas this past year that I thought were terrific and that people told me were terrific and then I’ve put them out there and …. theyContinue reading “Believe In Your Ideas”

B2W – Meet James Valcq!

It’s 4 weeks till Back To Whatever (aka B2W) and I’d like to take this opportunity to work backwards through the three-day extravaganza and have you meet Thursday’s masterclinician, James Valcq! James is best known as the composer of the Off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons, 2001), which won the Richard Rodgers Production AwardContinue reading “B2W – Meet James Valcq!”

Choosing Authentic Repertoire

I have several rising seniors who will be auditioning for college in the upcoming year, as well as younger students who will be considering this as well in the not-too-distant future. The most important thing we need to do in the next few weeks is to select repertoire for their auditions. Specifically, repertoire that showsContinue reading “Choosing Authentic Repertoire”

What is a plagiarized performance?

Yesterday I was watching a Facebook Live done by my business coach, Michelle Markwart Deveaux (of faithculturekiss studio for voice and acting and the Speakeasy Cooperative), and she was talking about the difference between teaching and coaching. As voice teachers, our job is to give information to our students. This is fine – this isContinue reading “What is a plagiarized performance?”

My latest obsession

My latest obsession is a musical that I just discovered this past weekend and I want to share it with all of you. Last week I heard the opening number from My Favorite Year on On Broadway on SiriusXM and I was enchanted. I had to know more, so I added it to my Apple MusicContinue reading “My latest obsession”

The Cicada: Nature’s Krumhorn

This past Sunday, we held the 2nd annual outdoor studio recital in my backyard, called “For the First Time in Forever” (since it was the first time in forever that we got to sing in front of people – thanks to Nichole Feltner for the suggestion and for opening the program with that song. ItContinue reading “The Cicada: Nature’s Krumhorn”