I’m BA-ACK

Well, that was fun. Both my vacation and World Voice Weekend. Honestly, I could not have asked for either to have gone better. In the case of the latter, there were no internet outages no-shows inappropriate behavior (not even from me – mostly) boring clinicians trainwrecks of any kind The only thing that went wrong was that thereContinue reading “I’m BA-ACK”

Changing my Vision

I have been very good at writing regularly for the past year. I did decide to go from thrice weekly to twice weekly in 2021, and I’ve kept to that. Till this week. I missed Tuesday. And I forgot to write out a schedule for my April blogposts, which I usually do on the firstContinue reading “Changing my Vision”

One year of being online

A year ago today, I shut the studio down for a week to prepare for the transition to online lessons, which I thought would be for only a couple of months. I reopened online a week later and it was weird. The first lesson I gave was just terrible and I felt like it wasContinue reading “One year of being online”

World Voice Weekend: Exploring the Voice in Acting & Movement

There’s nothing quite as awful as listening to someone present information in a monotone (Anyone? Anyone?) or seeing someone performing a scene where their affect doesn’t quite match what they’re doing. World Voice Weekend isn’t just about singing and listening to singing, but all kinds of voice use. How do you use your voice whenContinue reading “World Voice Weekend: Exploring the Voice in Acting & Movement”

Curiously Strong Performing: Vocal Coach Vs. Voice Teacher?

When you are at the professional level, or even a student in a prestigious conservatory, a voice teacher and a vocal coach are two separate entities. Strictly speaking, the voice teacher teaches you vocal technique – breath management, resonance, proper alignment, articulation, phonation, and helps you with extending your range and navigating vocal registers. TheContinue reading “Curiously Strong Performing: Vocal Coach Vs. Voice Teacher?”

Live out loud! (But not TOO loud)

Tonight Mezzoid Voice Studio will be covering the topic of singing dynamically – finding the full range from soft to loud and knowing how and when to use those dynamics. How do we do it? Why do we do it? How do we know how and when to do it? The composer often tells usContinue reading “Live out loud! (But not TOO loud)”

World Voice Weekend Lineup finalized!!

I am so excited about the lineup for World Voice Weekend. I am waiting for one letter of agreement to come back (which I sent out yesterday and asked for by Friday, so I’m not worried about it), and this is what it looks like (working titles in some cases). I’ve attached links to eachContinue reading “World Voice Weekend Lineup finalized!!”

World Voice Weekend Master Clinician Announcement!

I am thrilled beyond belief to announce officially that the master clinicians for World Voice Weekend will be Broadway actors Christian Borle (4/17) and Adrianna Hicks (4/18). Both masterclasses will take place at 3pm on their respective days. I had the good fortune to attend a masterclass hosted by voice teacher Susan Hanlon and acting coach IzzieContinue reading “World Voice Weekend Master Clinician Announcement!”

One World, Many Voices – World Voice Weekend

I am very excited to announce that I am planning events not only for April 16, World Voice Day (which, hopefully, will be very different from last year’s), but for the entire weekend, which I’m calling World Voice Weekend. The theme of WVD this year is “One World/Many Voices” and that will be reflected inContinue reading “One World, Many Voices – World Voice Weekend”

Why do we perform when it terrifies us so much?

For most of my 20s, off and on in my 30s and again in my early 40s, I suffered from performance anxiety. Often crippling performance anxiety. Dry mouth, shaking legs, unable to get my breath under me. In my 20s, it was because my technical ability wasn’t at the level I needed to be atContinue reading “Why do we perform when it terrifies us so much?”