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!”

Choosing College

If you are majoring in music or musical theater, there are several things you need to consider: Who are the teachers with whom I’ll be working? What are the on-campus performance opportunities available to undergrads? What off-campus performance opportunities are available and allowed for undergrad participation? (This might not be a factor for you.) WillContinue reading “Choosing College”

Why SHOULD we sing – when there’s nowhere to sing? (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday, I wrote about the findings of medical professionals regarding singing and the safety about doing it publicly. You can read that here. Apparently, singers and loud talkers are considered “super-spreaders.” Guilty and guilty. And feeling kind of judged about it. Like I said, I found this terribly depressing. Everything had been going so well.Continue reading “Why SHOULD we sing – when there’s nowhere to sing? (Part 2 of 2)”

Why I DIDN’T Sing – For Far Too Long

When I lived in Wisconsin, I spent about 8 years in a sort of vocal quarantine. I suddenly found my private studio taking up more of my time and energy, and I chose to stop seeking work in Chicago, where I’d been doing the bulk of my singing, and reduced my performing with professional choralContinue reading “Why I DIDN’T Sing – For Far Too Long”

Online Lessons – Choices Abound!

In the last few weeks, as I’ve made the transition to online lessons, about 1/3 of my students have come along with me and scheduled lessons. They’ve either downloaded an accompaniment app or have a prerecorded track on their end. They’ve downloaded Zoom, made sure their audio set up is in place, and made appointmentsContinue reading “Online Lessons – Choices Abound!”

Feel the Grief and Do it Anyway

Back on March 4, I had a conversation with a friend on how overwhelmed I felt because I had taken on too many projects. In the upcoming weeks, my schedule included: Six more performances of Don GiovanniĀ at the Kennedy Center in DC; The world premiere of a concert of music with texts by Irish poets,Continue reading “Feel the Grief and Do it Anyway”

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”?”

Making Your Case in Auditions

Seth Godin wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the conventional wisdom of making your case vs. how it actually works. This was from a business/marketing perspective, but when I read this, I thought, “Wow, this could apply to auditioning!” My notes are in brackets. Conventional wisdom: Find a large group of peopleĀ [audition forContinue reading “Making Your Case in Auditions”

2020 – A new vision

Today is the first day of a new decade. The last decade began with me recovering from laser eye surgery – not LASIK, but something much more traumatic. My vision, pre-surgery, had been quite horrible – approximately 20/800. Meaning I couldn’t see my hand clearly if it was in front of my face. It tookContinue reading “2020 – A new vision”