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Julian Patrick, American Opera Singer

Julian Patrick, American Opera Singer

In honor of my voice teacher and mentor, Julian Patrick, on what would have been his 94th birthday.   I had just finished my audition for graduate school at the University of Washington in the spring of 1994, when out of the darkness of the […]

How Leonard Bernstein got me to sing High E flats…sort of

How Leonard Bernstein got me to sing High E flats…sort of

This is a story about the time I allowed my voice teacher to convince me to sing something I had no business singing by invoking the name of Leonard Bernstein. My fabulously wonderful voice teacher in graduate school, Julian Patrick, was a famous opera singer, […]

Saving Your Singing Voice From Disaster: A Student Success Story

Saving Your Singing Voice From Disaster: A Student Success Story

Spoiler Alert! This story has an extremely happy ending! Once upon a time, when I taught voice at AMDA NY, I met a new student named Paige. Within seconds of hearing her sing, I knew there was something wrong with her voice. But I wasn’t […]

Why We Sing

Why We Sing

Why do we, who call ourselves singers, sing? In the world before the coronavirus, we generally sang FOR something: for others (and with others), for auditions, for performances. But in this new crazy, scary, upside down time, we can’t do any of those things. There […]

7 Things I Learned Teaching at AMDA NY

7 Things I Learned Teaching at AMDA NY

The incredible depth and breadth of Musical Theatre Repertoire Before I started teaching voice at AMDA NY in 1998, I would have said my knowledge of Musical Theatre was fairly comprehensive. How terribly wrong I was. There are SO many wonderful musicals out there, and […]

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

In honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday, 3/22/2020 I love Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. I love his music. I love his lyrics. Two of his musicals, Into The Woods and Company make my top 10 favorite musicals list. But I have to confess, this wasn’t always […]

Rejection: Audition Edition

Rejection: Audition Edition

Let’s talk Rejection: Audition edition. It sucks. You put your heart and soul into auditioning. You put your time and energy and money and psyche into auditioning. You put yourself out there to be judged, critiqued, scrutinized, and ultimately either rejected, or, preferably, chosen. It’s […]

Bernadette

Bernadette

February 28 is Bernadette Peters’ birthday. It’s generally considered bad form to tell a lady’s age, but in her case, since she is ageless, timeless really, I think it’s alright to say she’s 72. Let’s celebrate age instead of hide from it. Let’s sing her […]

Soprano Power! (In Defense of Sopranos)

Soprano Power! (In Defense of Sopranos)

Sopranos get a bad rap in Musical Theatre today. This makes me mad. I confess, I am myself a soprano, but that is not the only reason it irks me. I’m not quite sure how it came to be that we sopranos are so maligned […]

Becoming the singer you are meant to be

Becoming the singer you are meant to be

“Seeing ‘what is’ takes very little talent. Seeing ‘what could be’- and helping to make it a reality- takes vision, imagination, skill, and commitment.” –John C. Maxwell   This quote perfectly describes what my job is when I listen to a new student for the […]