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Shmigrate

Sometimes I like to make up words. Occasionally on purpose. A few that have come to mind are: phlegmacious: having a surplus of phlegm (also called “phlegmular,” by former student Jennifer Leevan, who, when I said, “that sounds like it’s granular,” responded with, “Well, sometimes it is”) boobular: wearing an extremely low-cut or very tightContinue reading “Shmigrate”

Bragging Boldly

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the idea of confident humility vs false modesty. in which I talked about the need to be confident in your abilities and not to be afraid to share that confidence with others. And then this happened. On Sunday, one of my former Milwaukee colleagues, who is now inContinue reading “Bragging Boldly”

Bloom or wilt?

I have written twice about blooming where you’re planted. Both times in the summer of 2017, a month apart. The truth is that I forgot I wrote the first one when I wrote the second. But that’s okay, because the first one was the seed, so to speak, and the second was  its germination. (AtContinue reading “Bloom or wilt?”

Back to 2021-2022!

Time to head back to 2021-2022 and to another year of curiously strong singing and performing! OYes, this is a reworking of the Back to Whatever graphic Last week, we had a wonderful three day series called “Back to Whatever,” in which we explored: Our Favorite Sings Pop/Rock for Dummies Exploring the Emotional Truth inContinue reading “Back to 2021-2022!”

Show Up or Show Off

One thing that is misunderstood about performers is that we do this because we need to show off. Because we are full of ourselves, we think we’re all that, we’re too big for our britches, we’re extroverts, we’re superficial, and all the other things m̶y̶ ̶m̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶i̶d̶ that people often say. And perhaps there areContinue reading “Show Up or Show Off”

Confident Humility vs. False Modesty

False modesty: behavior in which a person pretends to have a low opinion of his or her own abilities or achievements (Cambridge English dictionary) Have you ever seen a performance that was really, truly amazing, and then you saw the person afterwards and told them so, and they responded with something like: You’re just sayingContinue reading “Confident Humility vs. False Modesty”

B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp

Twenty years ago, I wrote a song parody about vocal technique, using the tune of a well-known song from a musical we all know. In 2017, I wrote a blogpost about it, which you can find here. When I decided to put together Back to … Whatever, I thought that the first thing we neededContinue reading “B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp”

B2W- Meet Heather Statham!

Continuing to work BACKWARDS, today’s blogpost highlights the clinician at the middle of our 3-day series, Heather Statham! Here’s Heather’s bio: “Man you’ve got some pipes!” may be something you feel compelled to say after hearing Heather Statham belt out a couple of tunes for the first time and you wouldn’t be alone! Based inContinue reading “B2W- Meet Heather Statham!”

B2W – Meet James Valcq!

It’s 4 weeks till Back To Whatever (aka B2W) and I’d like to take this opportunity to work backwards through the three-day extravaganza and have you meet Thursday’s masterclinician, James Valcq! James is best known as the composer of the Off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons, 2001), which won the Richard Rodgers Production AwardContinue reading “B2W – Meet James Valcq!”

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?”