If I never did anything new, I’d still be:
- Working at Fleet Mortgage Corp. as a customer service rep
- Living in Waukesha in a townhouse I didn’t really want to buy in the first place with my first husband
- Singing in the Florentine Opera chorus
- Dreaming of doing more with my life
I wouldn’t have:
- Moved to DC in the first place
- Sung with Washington Opera
- Moved to Baltimore to go to Peabody (which involved leaving my first husband)
- Met and married my second husband
- Moved back to Milwaukee (there are some quibbles about that but…)
- Sung in Chicago with Lyric and other groups
- Become a voice teacher
- Started my blog
- Run a 5K (twice)
- Started singing cabaret
- Moved back to Baltimore
- Sung in New York
- Opened Mezzoid Voice Studio
- Started the Curiously Stronger Performing series of workshops
- Met an incredible number of phenomenal friends, colleagues, and students (and students who became colleagues, colleagues who became friends, etc.)
I would have been:
I am now:
- Fulfilled but looking for more ways to branch out
- Still curious
What are you afraid to try?
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 into the room, how to talk to the pianist);
- The creative (selecting music, creating themes);
- The expressive (interpreting text, whether in English or another language; developing an inner monologue; physicalizing a song in the most efficient way).
And that’s what this blog needs to do. So a project I’m setting out to do over the next few months is to go through my blogposts and assign them a category.
Blogposts that are specifically about practical things like vocal technique, audition techniques, translating, and diction will go under the area of function.
Blogposts that are about finding new ways to look at things will be about creativity (and possibly about expressivity as well).
Blogposts about interpretation and physicality will be categorized under expressivity.
Announcements will either go under general or will be uncategorized.
Hopefully, this will help organize things so that they’re more easily found.
This will take awhile. Some might go under multiple things. Some of the older blogs might get reworked and updated.
It’s become very trendy to announce that one word is going to set the intention for the year. My word last year was “Release,” and I did release a few things – my job at HCC, my fear of changing up the way I ran my private studio, and relationships that didn’t suit me.
I decided that this year’s word is Recreate. There are two meanings for this (with this spelling), according to Merriam-Webster:
- Transitive verb: to give new life or freshness to: REFRESH
- Intransitive verb: to take recreation (i.e., to play)
or if, you put a hyphen between the re and the create:
- Transitive verb: to create again, to form anew in the imagination
I want to give new life to some things, including the idea of performance, as in the upcoming Curiously Stronger Performing workshops, which will start up on January 8. I want to explore new ways to approach things. And I want to play. Both in my work and away from it.
What’s your word? How did you choose it and how will you implement it?
The other day I wrote a blog called A Year In Review about all the things that happened that were studio-related since about this time a year ago. Today I’m going to write about the things that I see on the horizon. This is what I’ve got planned for 2019-2020:
- Write articles for the Roland Park News about music/arts related activities in the North Baltimore area (first one due August 1)
- Start taking credit cards both online (Acuity) and in the studio (Square)
- Organize a December holiday recital (date/place TBD) and a June studio showcase (6/7 at Springwell)
- Start using Mailchimp to coordinate studio communications
- Offer an online lesson option for people who live further away or for days when you just can’t get here and you want a lesson
- Monthly (or more) Facebook Lives on various areas of technique
- Offering master classes/workshops outside the studio
- Hoping to get one of my former students now working in the professional MT world to come in and do a master class (if I can get them between gigs)
- Going to the NATS National Conference in Knoxville, TN next June, possibly as a presenter (fingers crossed)
- Continue working on using Appcompanist to its full potential for myself and in the studio
- Work on increasing my knowledge of more recent musicals (I was up on them all when I was in Milwaukee because I had so many students that I couldn’t help but be up on them – less so now)
- Coordinate a studio cabaret show at Germano’s Piattini in Little Italy (3/30)
- Create a video library of vocalises based on BRAAP (breath/resonance/articulation/alignment/phonation) that will be included in studio membership and available for an extra fee to non-studio members
- Switch to a tuition-based system and have studio packages for students based on their needs and availability and my own performing (and life) schedule
This last one is a big one. Rather than paying per lesson or for four at a time, as I have been doing, I am going to go toward a full-year (September-June) program and offer packages that allow for flexibility while still allowing continuity. There will be payment options offered that will allow you to choose what works for your circumstances. This will go into effect on September 3, when the fall semester starts.
I will be sending out specifics to my current students by July 3 at the latest, and the package options will be shown on the website.