Monday, November 11, 2013

My Life... November 2013


Wow, this semester is zooming by!

I can't tell you how many times I think I should call my family, update this blog, let people know what's going on, Skype with friends... But, of course the thought is swept away by a looming assignment, studying for another test, or the need to memorize more and more music every day.

October was filled with coachings, rehearsals and preparations for the Dawn Upshaw masterclass on the 1st, and my auditions for Young Artist Opera programs. In all the chaos, I managed to cram in a ton of music learning for the auditions, the opera, and my recital/qualifying juries for December.

Ms. Upshaw was such a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful woman. Her energy was incredibly positive and caring. Her artistry is so incredibly detailed, and learning her "secrets" or rather, techniques for success was invaluable to me as a singer, and I'm sure to the six other colleagues who were able to share in this amazing experience. The performance I gave of David Ashley White's song from Four Elizabethan Scenes was – I'm sure – less than perfect at the first run through. I've never been so nervous to perform in front of anyone before! She was gracious and kind in her critique, of course, and gave me lots of hints and tricks to better improve my singing and expression in such a modern and challenging song. I loved the experience of working with such a talented woman, and I look forward to more experiences like that.

The following Sunday, November 3rd, I had one of the best experiences in my life. The most wonderful, caring, adorable, strong, and most of all loving man I have ever known, my best friend, my confidant, Drew, proposed to me on our Sunday afternoon walk through the nature reserve.

With all the changes and growth I'm experiencing in my life, I am searching for the next path, once I leave Westminster. I had no luck with the SF Opera Young Artist auditions, so sorry to you West Coast friends, I won't be heading back to you this summer. I'm gathering materials for doctoral applications still, and may throw my name in a few more hats before the deadlines close. I'm nervous about spreading myself too thin in the spring with auditions, so I am limiting my applications some.

My next forays are in the Opera Scenes performance on November 25th, several scenes I am assistant directing, two I am in, and the cover performance of the opera on December 8th. Both of these performances are free to the public!

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