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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?”

Choosing Authentic Repertoire

I have several rising seniors who will be auditioning for college in the upcoming year, as well as younger students who will be considering this as well in the not-too-distant future. The most important thing we need to do in the next few weeks is to select repertoire for their auditions. Specifically, repertoire that showsContinue reading “Choosing Authentic Repertoire”

Amateur or … Duck?

As I was preparing to write this, I was looking for graphics for the word, “Amateur,” and the word “Dabbler.” I was able to find pictures of the former, but for the latter I found a picture of a … duck. A few weeks ago, I started working with an adult student whose husband hadContinue reading “Amateur or … Duck?”

What is a plagiarized performance?

Yesterday I was watching a Facebook Live done by my business coach, Michelle Markwart Deveaux (of faithculturekiss studio for voice and acting and the Speakeasy Cooperative), and she was talking about the difference between teaching and coaching. As voice teachers, our job is to give information to our students. This is fine – this isContinue reading “What is a plagiarized performance?”

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”