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This Small Room

If I ever do a podcast or a book, this will be its title….. When I was growing up, I lived in a small 3 bedroom ranch house. We had one bathroom, two good sized bedrooms (although neither was particularly large) and a third bedroom which we called the small room. Until I went toContinue reading “This Small Room”

Grit and Creating a Practice

In the last year or so, I’ve heard a lot about the term GRIT, which is part of the title of a book by psychologist Angela Duckworth. I was reminded of the term in listening to a not-so-recent podcast, Dare to Lead, by Brené Brown, in which she interviewed Dr. Duckworth. I haven’t read theContinue reading “Grit and Creating a Practice”

2021 In Review

Well, THIS was a year.  Let’s review it, shall we? (Buckle up, there’s a lot – although it’s still shorter than Dave Barry’s annual year in review) January:Sang for a televised Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg (masked) Started taking Peter Jacobson’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training programContinue reading “2021 In Review”

What’s My 2022 Word?

For the last few years, I’ve chosen a specific word to be the focus of my upcoming year. So now it’s time to figure out my 2022 word. Last year, my word was SYSTEMS. That worked pretty well, overall. I’m still working on the email marketing part, which I kinda hate. For 2020, it was RECREATE,Continue reading “What’s My 2022 Word?”

Practice Challenge – October 1-December 14, 2018

I have decided to pose a practice challenge to my students. And to myself, as well. A year ago, I made a recording of some songs I had commissioned by local composer Garth Baxter on poetry in both English and Irish Gaelic. The date of the recording was August 10. So, beginning about 2 monthsContinue reading “Practice Challenge – October 1-December 14, 2018”

This Small Room

  When I was growing up, I lived in a small 3 bedroom ranch house. We had one bathroom, two good sized bedrooms (although neither was particularly large) and a third bedroom which we called the small room. Until I went to college, I had one of the bigger bedrooms and my sister (who wasContinue reading “This Small Room”

A Year in Review (I know, it’s only June)

This has been an exciting year, filled with lots of opportunities and development for both my students and myself. Things that I’ve done for the studio this year: June 2018: Attended the NATS Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada and learned a ton of stuff! June 2018: Bought an iPad Pro and downloaded ForScore to betterContinue reading “A Year in Review (I know, it’s only June)”

Performance Success Profile, Take Two

After cleaning out files the other day, I discovered a performance success survey that I took in 2002. This was a bad time for me, performance-wise. Although I should’ve been at the top of my game, vocally, I was having a lot of performance anxiety that was really holding me back. And my scores onContinue reading “Performance Success Profile, Take Two”