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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 […]

You have to be carefully taught

You have to be carefully taught

I had to take a vocal pedagogy class in graduate school. It was supposed to teach us how to teach a voice lesson. I confess I learned the exact opposite: I discovered what I never, ever wanted to do if I were ever to be […]

Singing is serious fun

Singing is serious fun

Let’s face facts: I am a serious teacher for serious students. I was trained by serious teachers to be a serious singer, and I was a serious student. I sometimes shy away from owning this, wanting to appear fun and lighthearted, easy-going and cool. And […]

One Singular Sensation: A Student Success Story

One Singular Sensation: A Student Success Story

Many years ago in NYC, a very handsome young man walked into my private studio for a first-ever voice lesson. Justin was a working model, actor and dancer, and wanted to add singing to his resume. His ultimate dream was to be in A Chorus […]