Making a list … and checking it …

No, I’m not writing a blog to the tune of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” (But don’t tempt me.) Last weekend I judged the MDDC NATS auditions and saw some people sing with little or no expression in their eyes. Their eyes were fixed on a spot slightly above the judges’ heads, and itContinue reading “Making a list … and checking it …”

Curiously Stronger Performing, Session #2: Singing Expressively in a Foreign Language

On February 12, we will be holding the second session of the Curiously Stronger Performing series at the Roland Park Community Center. The topic is Singing Expressively in Foreign Languages. The class goes from 7-9pm, and I’ll be working with 6 singers for 15 minutes each. The inspiration of this workshop was going to recitalsContinue reading “Curiously Stronger Performing, Session #2: Singing Expressively in a Foreign Language”

Scattergories/Categories

Scattergories is a creative-thinking category-based party game originally published by Parker Brothers. Why I Sing is a creative-thinking but currently somewhat unfocused blog currently published by Christine Thomas-O’Meally (why, that’s me!). Recently, I established the Curiously Stronger Performing series, which focuses on specific elements of performance: The functional (how to present your music, how to walk intoContinue reading “Scattergories/Categories”

What are you singing? Do you know?

One thing that annoys me is mandated recitals where people are assigned music to which they have no affinity. And, consequently, they sing it with no connection to the text, to the music, to the history of the song or the poet, or to the style of the period. They’re singing the right words, andContinue reading “What are you singing? Do you know?”