Sumer is i-goin’-out….

And fall is coming in (well, technically not until later in September, but when school starts, summer is over).

Exciting things happening…

  1. Moving to a tuition-based program to allow more flexibility for everyone.
  2. Eliminating 24 hour notice (or even 12 hour notice) if you’re in one of those packages! (Because the flu doesn’t always have the courtesy to hit the day before.)
  3. A new studio portal on the website which will include information only for studio members! Things like: vocal exercise sheets (in case you lost yours); a list of all students having lessons and their times (in case you need to switch with someone); and coming soon, a video library of vocal exercises.
  4. Two studio recitals and a cabaret show!

You might be asking, “But, Christine, how do I find out about all of these things?”

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Everything regarding packages and policies was sent out on August 14, right before I left for Milwaukee.

What would also be great is if payment could be made by September 1 so that I can have everything on Acuity and ready to go before we start up on September 3. Payment (or arrangement of payment) guarantees your spot in the stuio. I’m limiting the number of people I’m taking this year in order to provide the best service I can to you with my performing schedule, so if you’ve indicated that you are continuing in the fall, please confirm. If you have changed your mind, please let me know so that I can offer this opportunity to another interested singer!

Please go ahead and register for your preferred package here.

The title of this blog is based on “Sumer is icumen in,” the title of the medieval English round that my husband once taught a bunch of drunk kids on a bus in Ocean City while he was in medical school – and which we sing at our Renaissance parties. I don’t know if there’s an end of summer version, but maybe someone creative can write one.

Enjoy the song – maybe we can do it on our end of the season studio showcase. 😀

It’s die-dee-die-dee-time!

Yes, it is time for my semi-annual (sometimes annual) pilgrimage to Milwaukee Irish Fest to dance jigs, drink beer (none of which will be green), listen to Celtic punk and traditional (die-dee-die-dee) music, eat deep-fried food, and celebrate what is not my heritage, but what speaks to me much more than anything in which I was raised.

The studio will be closed from 8/14 (that’s today!) through 8/20. I will be teaching next Wednesday and Thursday and the following Monday. Then the studio will close for 8/27-9/2, and we will start back up on 9/3 with the fall semester.

If you are a studio member, please read your email. The studio policies and final packages are going out before I leave today.

Enjoy this video from Milwaukee’s own Tallymoore, which at the time this video was filmed (at 2014’s Milwaukee Irish Fest), included MezzoidMKE alum (and my original cabaret partner) Ryan Cappleman!

What’s Next? – It’s BIG

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.