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How Singing Mozart Taught Me To Count

[Warning – adult language ahead] Now that I have your attention: Today is Wolfgang Amadeus (although some write it as “Amadé”) Mozart’s 265th birthday (and he doesn’t look a day over 250). As a lyric mezzo-soprano, I have sung a lot of Mozart. I loved the movie Amadeus  My favorite contemporary composer, Stephen Sondheim, has beenContinue reading “How Singing Mozart Taught Me To Count”

Why Community Matters to Me

We think of community in terms that may or may not be positive. Community theater is often thought of as less than in quality and value than professional theater (NOT TRUE) Community college is where you go when you can’t afford a “real” college (NOT TRUE) A community choir implies that there were no auditionsContinue reading “Why Community Matters to Me”

So How DO I Actually Focus?

I’ve picked my Word for the Year, and it’s FOCUS And that’s all well and good, but exactly what steps am I taking to facilitate this? It’s not enough to say, “This year, I’m going to focus,” or even to establish on what you’re focusing, but what am I doing to ensure that this actuallyContinue reading “So How DO I Actually Focus?”

5 Tips for Giving a GREAT Golden Age Musical Audition

This past Friday, I made a video for singers who are auditioning for Golden Age musicals which I called “5 Tips for Giving a GREAT Golden Age Musical Audition.” You can watch that here (and I hope you do): Or you can read on and I’ll outline the tips for you. For specifics, watch theContinue reading “5 Tips for Giving a GREAT Golden Age Musical Audition”

Consequences of Change

I’ve written about change a lot. And I’ve implemented a lot of changes in my life when it would’ve been easier to stay put. I left a teaching job without having another job lined up I left a husband (without having another one lined up) I left a job as a legal secretary to openContinue reading “Consequences of Change”

Cohort? Mastermind? Both?

I always thought cohort was a singular word. Like partner, or companion. Likewise, I always thought mastermind was singular, and was usually preceded by the adjective “criminal.” I thought it was a synonym for “evil genius.” As I delve deeper into the business world as a solopreneur (another word I didn’t even know existed), IContinue reading “Cohort? Mastermind? Both?”

Why Co-Work?

Some of the benefits of the pandemic and working online have included things that we would never have thought about doing when we were in-person. One of those things is the concept of co-working. What is co-working? Why should we do it? And how does it apply to the voice student/professional? Co-working existed before everyoneContinue reading “Why Co-Work?”

Amateur or … Duck?

As I was preparing to write this, I was looking for graphics for the word, “Amateur,” and the word “Dabbler.” I was able to find pictures of the former, but for the latter I found a picture of a … duck. A few weeks ago, I started working with an adult student whose husband hadContinue reading “Amateur or … Duck?”

Exciting Changes for 2021-2022

I am pleased to announce some exciting changes coming for the 2021-22 year! The first change is that I have decided to move all lessons to a 50-minute length. For my 45-minute students, this is a 5 minute increase. For my 60-minute students, we’ll be done 10 minutes earlier. (I have just violated my cardinalContinue reading “Exciting Changes for 2021-2022”