Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Graduation and wishful thinking!

WE GRADUATED! First of all, let me just say how incredibly relieved I am to have finished my Master of Music. I am still thinking about pursuing that doctorate in another year or two, but for now I have a lot to think about...

Drew and I are still "jobless" in the traditional sense... He's fortunate enough to have made his professional debut with Opera Philadelphia at their special Organ Day concert at Kimmel Center.

While he was there, I was busy at the Music Together Teacher Training Workshop. What a great way to get families to make music with their children! I had a lot of fun with these other prospective teachers. What I expected to be a room full of musicians, was actually a warm welcoming environment of a large mix of people of many different backgrounds - education, theater, some music, many who work in a preschool setting - all of whom are eager to bring music into parents' and children's lives. I am glad to have been part of this class and am hoping to find opportunities to teach some family classes soon!

While at the teacher training, I received an e-mail invitation (from one of my most beloved professors) to sing at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Conference in Boston. I will be participating in a masterclass with Margot Garrett, a coach from Julliard. This invitation was a huge surprise, as I had applied quite a while ago and assumed I had been rejected. I really needed the ego boost - I have received quite a few rejections this year for unknown reasons (for those of you unfamiliar with the Young Artist Audition Process: it's considered "rude" or "inappropriate" to request feedback from audition panels unless it is specifically set up as a "feedback audition" - which those, by the way, costs about $50-100 and very rarely grants roles or monetary rewards). So, in doubting my talent, my acting ability, my technique, I think I was ready to pursue that law degree my father so "tactfully" suggested (you know, because I "love to argue" - but only with him).

Not only do I have this great upcoming opportunity to sing in a masterclass, but Drew and I will also take part in the training with Sean McCarther for his presentation on "Body, Mind, and Voice" at the conference – and Westminster Choir College is making sure all of the participants of this presentation go for free! Drew and I get hotel, registration fees, and parking (in Boston) covered by our alma mater, so long as we work the Westminster booth when we aren't in conference sessions. What a great chance to learn, meet other musicians, and see some great lectures and masterclasses on teaching voice!

Even though I still have to hunt for a "day job" to support my singing, I have lots of fun things to look forward to this summer. I can't wait to share my experiences with everyone!

A Busy Singer is a Happy Singer

The days tick on, and although it's January, Springtime is rolling in! Not just green trees and wild flowers, but the spring opera seaso...

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