‘Tis the Season to be Overwhelmed

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for us to start our holiday planning in earnest. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Festivus, or a little bit of everything,, it is the busiest time of year for most of us. This year, we don’t have the added scheduling of holiday concerts and the rehearsalsContinue reading “‘Tis the Season to be Overwhelmed”

Grounded Joy

On this Thanksgiving afternoon in 2020, it’s hard to find a lot to be thankful for. A year ago at this time, Thanksgiving was a respite from a busy fall of performing and teaching, to be spent with family. This year, it seems like just another day. We’re still preparing wonderful food (including a newContinue reading “Grounded Joy”

Taking Things Personally

This is my biggest personal flaw. Which is not a good one to have when you are in a field where rejection is a major factor more often than not. And as a singer, it is easy to take rejection as a personal affront, because after all, your instrument is a part of your body.Continue reading “Taking Things Personally”

Practicing for Progress – Your Own Way

Today I wrote to a potential student’s mom about what to expect from voice lessons. And when I wrote about what I expect from my students, I wrote: Students are expected to practice at home to the extent they need to make progress. I don’t require proof of practice in writing or any journal –Continue reading “Practicing for Progress – Your Own Way”

When you hear no…

The great Kelli O’Hara went to the same school as Kristin Chenoweth, and studied with same voice teacher, force of nature Florence Birdwell. Obviously, Ms. Birdwell knew her stuff (she was still alive last I heard, so I should say, “knows” her stuff), since both of them are Tony-award winning artists. Kristin Chenoweth is knownContinue reading “When you hear no…”

The Performer’s Identity

For those of us who have identified as performers for most of our lives, 2020 has made us question our very identities. For those of us who have dreamt of a life on the stage and have done everything in service of that goal, 2020 has made us question our goals. For those of usContinue reading “The Performer’s Identity”

Work SMARTer, not harder

At the beginning of this year, I downloaded a SMART worksheet to kick my year off as far as goal-setting. It’s almost November, and that’s as far as it got. I downloaded it. But while I didn’t actually fill out the form, I like to think that I do set SMART goals, whether they beContinue reading “Work SMARTer, not harder”

Hobby, Job, Career, or Vocation?

I am taking Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop, a 100 day course on focusing my creative energies. Hence all the Seth Godin quotes that have informed my blogs recently. As part of the course, we listen to thrice-weekly videos from Seth Godin – and sometimes he has special guests talk about specific topics. Early on,Continue reading “Hobby, Job, Career, or Vocation?”

Choosing College

If you are majoring in music or musical theater, there are several things you need to consider: Who are the teachers with whom I’ll be working? What are the on-campus performance opportunities available to undergrads? What off-campus performance opportunities are available and allowed for undergrad participation? (This might not be a factor for you.) WillContinue reading “Choosing College”