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Big Fish, Small Pond?

If you are looking at colleges for music or theater (or anything else, for that matter), the question arises – should I strive to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond? If you are looking for individualized attention from a small faculty and the opportunity toContinue reading “Big Fish, Small Pond?”

Tune Up and Tune In

(Yes, I forgot to write yesterday so this is a day late) Do you anticipate returning to auditions/rehearsals for: School? Choir? Community (or professional) theater? College? And you really haven’t done all that much over the past year of pandemic? Or even if you have, you feel like there’s more you can do? Do you needContinue reading “Tune Up and Tune In”

Exciting Changes for 2021-2022

I am pleased to announce some exciting changes coming for the 2021-22 year! The first change is that I have decided to move all lessons to a 50-minute length. For my 45-minute students, this is a 5 minute increase. For my 60-minute students, we’ll be done 10 minutes earlier. (I have just violated my cardinalContinue reading “Exciting Changes for 2021-2022”

Post-Panel Postmortem

(FYI, I am using the word “postmortem” as it is defined secondarily by Merriam-Webster, i.e., “an analysis or discussion of an event after it is over,” as opposed to the primary definition, AUTOPSY. Because there was nothing “deadly” about the event.) And also, because alliteration is my jam. Yesterday’s panel discussion – I think IContinue reading “Post-Panel Postmortem”

Last call for registration

Registration is closing for tomorrow’s panel discussion! Have you registered yet? I auditioned for one college when I auditioned for colleges. My students in Milwaukee from 1998-2013 started out auditioning for two or three schools. By the time I left, musical theater was getting to the point where you had to audition for about fiveContinue reading “Last call for registration”

Any Questions?

As part of the registration process for What To Know/What I Wish I’d Known About College Auditions, I have had people fill out an intake form asking, specifically, what burning questions they have about the college audition process. I will be compiling those questions into some organized format to posit to the panel. Some of the questions I’ve receivedContinue reading “Any Questions?”

When To Take Things to Heart

Last Thursday, I wrote about Taking Things Personally, and how you needed to accept that rejection in an audition doesn’t mean it’s a rejection of you. (And I just realized now that I had written a blogpost with that exact title back in November. Oops. Although that blogpost was a little emotionally naked than lastContinue reading “When To Take Things to Heart”

Taking Things Personally

Boy, can I relate to this. I take things personally way too much for someone in the performing business. Or even just in business. I take it personally when people: don’t attend concerts I’m putting on stop taking voice lessons unsubscribe from my mailing list don’t pick me for something for which I’ve auditioned don’tContinue reading “Taking Things Personally”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)

Before we meet the panel, an important announcement: Now that we’re done with that….  As promised, it’s time to meet the student panelists on our June 30 panel discussion. Coming to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lauren Manna. Lauren Manna is a musical theatre student from Minneapolis, MN. She studies voice with [my Speakeasy Cooperative colleague]Continue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)

(I couldn’t wait till Tuesday.) As promised, it’s time to meet the musical theater teachers on our June 30 panel discussion who teach in musical theater programs. First up – Karla Hughes from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (named one of the top 30 musical theater programs in the country). Karla Hughes heads the Music TheatreContinue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)”