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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 […]

An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Once upon a time, I gave a solo recital in Paris. France. This is that story. It all started in 2000, when my dear friend, Bettina Matthias, professor of German extraordinaire (specializing in music and theatre), asked me to come to Middlebury College to give […]

It’s A Family Affair

It’s A Family Affair

I used to joke with my parents that there was no way I could have been adopted (besides the fact that I am a dead ringer for my mother) because I had inherited all their faults and flaws: bad eyesight, allergies, slow metabolism, terrible temper… […]

It takes two

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 […]

Florence Foster Jenkins: A lesson in passion

Florence Foster Jenkins: A lesson in passion

[I wrote this in September of 2016. For some reason I never published it. Here it is, as timely as ever.] I was first introduced to Florence Foster Jenkins in college when my music history professor played her infamous album in class. As a teenager […]

My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy

I’ve stopped singing. I hope it’s temporary… I think it’s temporary. I WANT it to be temporary. I have been singing since I can remember. I sang along with my mom’s original cast recordings on LP from birth practically. Listening to and impersonating Julie Andrews […]

Instinct

Instinct

I can teach you everything you need to be a better singer: how to sing healthier with solid technique, make more beautiful, interesting sounds, sing higher, lower, softer, louder, slower and faster. I can help you have excellent diction, teach you how to stand, emote, […]

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 […]

Opera for Opera’s Sake

Opera for Opera’s Sake

I suddenly realized that one could construe from my previous posts that I now hate classical music and opera. Let me set the record straight: this is absolutely false. I still love classical vocal music in all its forms. I love to sing and teach […]