Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11

I have always said that I’m not a teacher of small children. It’s not that I don’t believe that young children should take lessons. I do. I just haven’t been sure that I’ve been the one to teach them. So I’ve focused on reaching students 11 and up. But I did some thinking and realizedContinue reading “Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11”

I’m BA-ACK

Well, that was fun. Both my vacation and World Voice Weekend. Honestly, I could not have asked for either to have gone better. In the case of the latter, there were no internet outages no-shows inappropriate behavior (not even from me – mostly) boring clinicians trainwrecks of any kind The only thing that went wrong was that thereContinue reading “I’m BA-ACK”

World Voice Weekend Lineup finalized!!

I am so excited about the lineup for World Voice Weekend. I am waiting for one letter of agreement to come back (which I sent out yesterday and asked for by Friday, so I’m not worried about it), and this is what it looks like (working titles in some cases). I’ve attached links to eachContinue reading “World Voice Weekend Lineup finalized!!”

Appreciating without Appropriating

It’s February. My plan today was to write a blogpost about Black History Month, but I feel as though there are a lot of those right now and I’m questioning my place in doing this because I’m not Black. The other day I attended a wonderful presentation by my dear Speakeasy colleagues Amanda Kaiser andContinue reading “Appreciating without Appropriating”

Updating your audition book: The 5 C’s for Choosing an Audition Song

I think I do a pretty good job at choosing audition songs. In fact, it might be one of my superpowers. I like finding pieces that bring things out in people, not only things I knew were there but things I merely suspected were there, and maybe even things I had NO IDEA where there. ButContinue reading “Updating your audition book: The 5 C’s for Choosing an Audition Song”

Sing me a story: Creating your backstory

Tonight I will be holding a studio class for my private students about creating a backstory.   When I played Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, my back story was that my character’s name was born Johanna Schmidt and was from a relatively prosperous and devout Catholic family in Austria. She was trained in piano andContinue reading “Sing me a story: Creating your backstory”

Breaking Down the “I Am” Song

A few weeks ago, I talked about the role of the “I Want” song in a musical. From that blogpost, I created a series of questions that the actor needs to ask themselves when preparing that song and gave it to my students for our studio class on the topic. Tonight, we will be exploringContinue reading “Breaking Down the “I Am” Song”

Make a Fool of Yourself!

Today I attended a masterclass hosted by Susan Hanlon, a voice teacher in Dallas, and Izzie Baumann, a voice teacher and performance coach in Mainz, Germany. The clinician was Christian Borle, Broadway star and Tony award winner (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten). He worked with six singers from the US to Germany. He wasContinue reading “Make a Fool of Yourself!”

Breaking Down The I Want Song

The late Bob Fosse said that there were three kinds of songs that mattered to the director of a musical: The “I am” song – defining who the singer is The “I want” song – defining what the singer wants The “New” song – doesn’t fit the other two categories; could take things into aContinue reading “Breaking Down The I Want Song”

Creativity + Intelligence

I like creative people. I like smart people. So I like creative, smart people. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many in my life, both as a performer and as a teacher, and to be friends with quite a few as well. I saw this quote by Albert Einstein, and I couldn’t agree more:Continue reading “Creativity + Intelligence”