I just wrote a tribute to Ned Rorem on his 99th birthday. And just a few weeks later, he died. I feel like this is my fault, somehow. Of course, it’s not, but it’s kind of like saying “Beetlejuice/Betelgeuse” 3x in reverse. Instead of him appearing, he… left. I have written a lot about StephenContinue reading “Rorem and Sondheim”
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Happy 99th Birthday, Ned Rorem!
Happy 99th Birthday, Ned Rorem! (And doing a bit of catching up) I am a couple of days late with this birthday wish – but I was having a problem with WordPress yesterday. When I was in undergrad, I had to write a paper for theory that linked a composer with an artist in aContinue reading “Happy 99th Birthday, Ned Rorem!”
On June 5, I will be hosting a showcase featuring 12 of my current students performing primarily ensembles from musical theater, opera, and nu-folk. The performance will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson at 3pm and is free to the public. I have done a few studio programs since I’ve been back in BaltimoreContinue reading “Showcase 2022!”
The middle ground between Caro mio ben and Caro nome
My friend Cynthia Vaughn posted this picture on Facebook or Instagram or both yesterday and it rang really true to me in the moment. I had just listened to a singer in a competition who was singing something that would be great for him in the future. At this point in his life, itContinue reading “The middle ground between Caro mio ben and Caro nome”
Sing me a story: Creating your backstory
Tonight I will be holding a studio class for my private students about creating a backstory. When I played Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, my back story was that my character’s name was born Johanna Schmidt and was from a relatively prosperous and devout Catholic family in Austria. She was trained in piano andContinue reading “Sing me a story: Creating your backstory”
NATS 56 – Virtually Fantastic!
Right now, I am the student learning on Zoom, instead of the teacher. I’ve been consumed with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 56th National Conference since Thursday. The conference was supposed to be in Knoxville, TN, but Corona…. The conferences are always things I look forward to – I’ve only missed 2Continue reading “NATS 56 – Virtually Fantastic!”