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”

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”

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”

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

The other day I was out for an early morning walk and I was listening to a podcast on VocalFri. This particular one, from April, featured voice scientist Christian Herbst, who was talking about the role of voice science in vocal pedagogy, and of all the tech-y, geeky, science-y things that that entails. But althoughContinue reading “Beyond a shadow of a doubt”

What is curiously strong singing?

For the last two years, I’ve used “Curiously Strong Singing” as my tagline. In the past year, I’ve established a performance coaching series called “Curiously Strong Performing.” The content on my website and in other places reflects the use of that phrase. But other than the relationship between mezzoid and altoids, which is what triggeredContinue reading “What is curiously strong singing?”

Did you have a grapefruit this week?

My husband is somewhat hard of hearing. It comes from spending his 20s in rock bands and his 30s doing woodworking projects, both without benefit of hearing protection. So when I said to him last week, “Online lessons are going so much better than I expected. Yesterday I had three people who had breakthroughs!” HeContinue reading “Did you have a grapefruit this week?”

We breathe to live – we breathe to sing – but can we do it together? (Part 1 of 2)

This the hardest and probably the most important (at least to me) blogpost I’ve ever written. About a year ago, when I cleaned up my website, I changed my mission statement a bit and put the original in a blogpost so that I wouldn’t lose it because it was some important information. The part thatContinue reading “We breathe to live – we breathe to sing – but can we do it together? (Part 1 of 2)”

What the Actual…

The word fach sounds like a bad word. It is a German word meaning “compartment” and is used in opera to describe particular voice types, often in incredibly specific detail. There’s: soubrette lyric soprano light lyric soprano full lyric soprano lyric coloratura soprano lyrico-spinto soprano dramatic soprano drammatico-spinto soprano helden soprano heldensoubrette (okay, that one wasContinue reading “What the Actual…”

/æn Intrə’dʌkʃən tu ði Intər’næʃənəl fən’ɛtIk ‘ælfabɛt bai krI’stin ‘tɑməs o’mili/

(An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet by Christine Thomas-O’Meally) I love IPA (aka /ai pi ei/)! It appeals to my inner geek and my wanna-be linguist. But I understand that not everyone does. Why bother using it? Why not just write down something the way you hear it? That might work just fine forContinue reading “/æn Intrə’dʌkʃən tu ði Intər’næʃənəl fən’ɛtIk ‘ælfabɛt bai krI’stin ‘tɑməs o’mili/”