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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”

My latest obsession

My latest obsession is a musical that I just discovered this past weekend and I want to share it with all of you. Last week I heard the opening number from My Favorite Year on On Broadway on SiriusXM and I was enchanted. I had to know more, so I added it to my Apple MusicContinue reading “My latest obsession”

Post-Panel Postmortem

(FYI, I am using the word “postmortem” as it is defined secondarily by Merriam-Webster, i.e., “an analysis or discussion of an event after it is over,” as opposed to the primary definition, AUTOPSY. Because there was nothing “deadly” about the event.) And also, because alliteration is my jam. Yesterday’s panel discussion – I think IContinue reading “Post-Panel Postmortem”

When To Take Things to Heart

Last Thursday, I wrote about Taking Things Personally, and how you needed to accept that rejection in an audition doesn’t mean it’s a rejection of you. (And I just realized now that I had written a blogpost with that exact title back in November. Oops. Although that blogpost was a little emotionally naked than lastContinue reading “When To Take Things to Heart”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)

Before we meet the panel, an important announcement: Now that we’re done with that….  As promised, it’s time to meet the student panelists on our June 30 panel discussion. Coming to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lauren Manna. Lauren Manna is a musical theatre student from Minneapolis, MN. She studies voice with [my Speakeasy Cooperative colleague]Continue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 3)”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)

(I couldn’t wait till Tuesday.) As promised, it’s time to meet the musical theater teachers on our June 30 panel discussion who teach in musical theater programs. First up – Karla Hughes from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (named one of the top 30 musical theater programs in the country). Karla Hughes heads the Music TheatreContinue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 2)”