What ISN’T a masterclass?

Even before the pandemic, there have been a lot of posts and ads about masterclasses and why you should take them. Famous people have been offering masterclasses on acting, writing, comedy, singing (some with stronger credentials than others) and people have been signing up for them and saying, “TAKE MY MONEY.” But what isn’t aContinue reading “What ISN’T a masterclass?”

Why I Audit

For those of you who aren’t Three Stooges fans (which I’m certainly not) or not of a certain age (which I certainly am), you may need to go and research the Three Stooges a bit in order to get this reference. You can start here. Knock yourselves out – nyuk nyuk nyuk (that’s also aContinue reading “Why I Audit”

Avoiding FOBO

I can hear you know: “FOBO? Christine, don’t you mean FOMO?” Nope. Today I was puppy-walking and listening to a new podcast called Money Girl (which I may or may not listen to again because the host has a  wicked case of vocal fry that makes my skin crawl – not to be confused withContinue reading “Avoiding FOBO”

What is curiously strong singing?

For the last two years, I’ve used “Curiously Strong Singing” as my tagline. In the past year, I’ve established a performance coaching series called “Curiously Strong Performing.” The content on my website and in other places reflects the use of that phrase. But other than the relationship between mezzoid and altoids, which is what triggeredContinue reading “What is curiously strong singing?”

Curiously Stronger Performing

It is my passion to help people perform to their highest level. To interpret music in a way that realizes the intent of the composer and lyricist while still maintaining a connection to the artist performing it. To re-create old material to have a fresher feeling and to be able to play with it. IfContinue reading “Curiously Stronger Performing”

What if I had just stayed “comfortable”?

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:Continue reading “What if I had just stayed “comfortable”?”

"Exquisite Vividness"

Awhile back, my daily calm meditation focused on “vividness.” This made me think of the line in the Boito version of Faust (Mefistofele) : “Stay – for you are beautiful” Faust sells his soul to the devil, but his “safe word” is “Stay – for you are beautiful.” (I’m watching Killing Eve as I write this,Continue reading “"Exquisite Vividness"”

Who takes voice lessons?

My mother never understood how I had so many students. She would say, “So many people want to be professional singers?” and I’d say, “No, mom, some want to be professional performers, but some just want to get into the musical at school, or into a special ensemble in choir, or some just want toContinue reading “Who takes voice lessons?”

Don’t Memorize The Words – Tell The Story

I follow Marketer Extraordinaire Seth Godin’s daily blog. The biggest thing about Seth Godin is that he doesn’t talk about selling your product, he talks about telling your story. Consequently, a lot of his blogs, even though most people would think they were intended for someone in a traditional (non-artsy) business, relate to us asContinue reading “Don’t Memorize The Words – Tell The Story”

This Small Room

  When I was growing up, I lived in a small 3 bedroom ranch house. We had one bathroom, two good sized bedrooms (although neither was particularly large) and a third bedroom which we called the small room. Until I went to college, I had one of the bigger bedrooms and my sister (who wasContinue reading “This Small Room”