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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 […]

Fortune favors the brave

Fortune favors the brave

I frequently talk with my students (and frankly, myself) about having the courage to believe in themselves and their talent enough to audition. Interestingly, I have noticed that most of the people I have this conversation with are above average, definitively talented students/singers who, for […]

“I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t thought to explore…”

“I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t thought to explore…”

I was inspired to write this post in December, but life happened, so March it is! At Christmas time I always watch the wonderful holiday classic, The Bishop’s Wife, the 1947 film starring Cary Grant as the angel, and David Niven as the Bishop. As […]

Julie Andrews was my first voice teacher…sort of.

Julie Andrews was my first voice teacher…sort of.

You could say Julie Andrews was my first voice teacher. No, I have never had the great good fortune to meet the marvelous Ms. Andrews, but I have been listening to her sing since I was a child and subsequently learned vast amounts about singing […]

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

I am always full of praise for my students’ work and progress, but I don’t thank them nearly as much as I should for all they have done and continue to do for me. This is for them (you)! Thank you for teaching me patience. […]

Just plain brawn makes me yawn

Just plain brawn makes me yawn

I have had some wonderful, energizing weeks of teaching recently. Besides really liking and connecting with these lovely humans, one of the reasons I have especially enjoyed these past six weeks or so is that I have been teaching a number of the same students […]

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com: ‘via Blog this’ Do your job. Show up and do your job. It’s hard work, consistent work that is required. the inspiration and the miracles come only when you show up and do your job. why […]

Frederica Von Stade

Frederica Von Stade

Not a dry eye in the house as HGO honors Frederica von Stade after final performance – 2011-Feb-09 – CultureMap Houston: ‘via Blog this’ Ok, so I am woefully behind the times with this news. But it caught my eye since Ms. Von Stade is […]

Thank you Dawn Upshaw

Thank you Dawn Upshaw

My absolutely favorite opera singer, Dawn Upshaw, was supposed to perform with the Portland Symphony this weekend and I was going to pay a pretty penny to see her- it was going to be inspirational and motivational. Alas, she cancelled the concert, so I will […]