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Last call for registration

Registration is closing for tomorrow’s panel discussion! Have you registered yet? I auditioned for one college when I auditioned for colleges. My students in Milwaukee from 1998-2013 started out auditioning for two or three schools. By the time I left, musical theater was getting to the point where you had to audition for about fiveContinue reading “Last call for registration”

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)”

College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 1)

Today I would like to introduce the teachers on our June 30 panel discussion who teach in classical/opera programs. Our first panelist is American soprano Elizabeth Futral, who comes to us from my alma mater, Peabody Conservatory. Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the world’s leading sopranos. She is currently a Professor inContinue reading “College Audition Panel Discussion: Meet the Panel (Part 1)”

Reflections on Summer Goals

June 1! Officially two weeks till my birthday.   When I was younger, everything after May 15 and before June 30 was related to how close it was to my birthday. That’s less of a big deal now. But I do see June 1 as the unofficial beginning of summer and a new year (forContinue reading “Reflections on Summer Goals”

The middle ground between Caro mio ben and Caro nome

  My friend Cynthia Vaughn posted this picture on Facebook or Instagram or both yesterday and it rang really true to me in the moment. I had just listened to a singer in a competition who was singing something that would be great for him in the future. At this point in his life, itContinue reading “The middle ground between Caro mio ben and Caro nome”

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”

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”

Taking Things Personally

This is my biggest personal flaw. Which is not a good one to have when you are in a field where rejection is a major factor more often than not. And as a singer, it is easy to take rejection as a personal affront, because after all, your instrument is a part of your body.Continue reading “Taking Things Personally”

When you hear no…

The great Kelli O’Hara went to the same school as Kristin Chenoweth, and studied with same voice teacher, force of nature Florence Birdwell. Obviously, Ms. Birdwell knew her stuff (she was still alive last I heard, so I should say, “knows” her stuff), since both of them are Tony-award winning artists. Kristin Chenoweth is knownContinue reading “When you hear no…”