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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 exhausting. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, and not the cute, kiddie …

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Let it go!

I have a fabulous new high school student who is preparing to audition for her high school musical, a show she is very passionate about. As we were finishing up her lesson she said, “Now all I need to do is get in my directors’ heads and find out exactly what they are looking for.” …

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Your Opinion is Not My Reality.

There is a restaurant in North Charleston, The CODfather, that serves the most perfect, most delicious fish and chips one could ever eat. And we are not the only ones to think this- every time we go, there is a line out the door, tables and parking places at a premium. So you can imagine …

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It takes two

My dear friend and phenomenally talented colleague, Jeff Caldwell, visited us recently. Our conversations always veer towards “shop talk” as my husband calls it, which put me in the mood to discuss the importance of a singer’s most valuable partner, the pianist. Besides his other wonderful abilities, Jeff is the perfect collaborative pianist. (I will …

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The Other Side of the Table

  Auditioning is probably one of the most stressful things anyone can put themselves through.  The scheme of stressful events should be amended to death, taxes, moving…and auditioning! Besides wanting to perform well, your only other desire is to be able to read the minds of the auditioners. What are they thinking? She’s smiling- does …

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Channeling Billie Burke

I am thrilled to report that after far too long a time, I am going to be back performing on the stage! I found out last night that I have been cast as the Good Witch of the North in Pentacle Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. It will be the first weekend of …

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How to choose the perfect song

So, how does one choose the right repertoire? 1. You do NOT get points for trying, meaning: Always choose a song completely within your ability level. It will not show you off to your best advantage if you attempt to sing something that is too hard for you. This does not mean that you can’t …

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Choosing a Song: Making Mistakes Part 2

The subject of selecting repertoire resurfaced in September after I judged the Youth Division (10-17 yr. olds) at the Oregon State Fair talent competition. There were two basic problems with 99% of the singers’ song choices: They almost all sang inappropriate repertoire for their youthful ages. The difficulty level of their songs was generally just …

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Choosing a song: Making Mistakes Part 1

I have had at least 5 different conversations with 5 different people in the last month on the multi-layered topic of choosing repertoire, for young singers in particular. This is a subject near and dear to my heart as both a singer and a teacher because I know first-hand how incredibly important it is; song …