As this season draws to a close, and as I continue to spend my working hours engulfed ENTIRELY in music, I only begin to take my journey of self-discovery.
I have been blessed with an amazing life. I can't say whether it was divine intervention, talent, gumption, or amazingly supportive friends and mentors who got me here (and most likely, it has been the combination of all of the above), but I finally feel like I am beginning to have some security with myself.
As some may know, I just turned 27. As my best friend put it "I always thought I'd own a washing machine by the time I turned 27." This made me laugh, however, it falls into the lines of not knowing what we will have. I thought I would be on a very different track at this point, if you had asked me one year ago. But I'm not. I found this path, and for now it's leading me somewhere I have yet to see!
I am overjoyed to be joining SongFest this year, on the teaching development track. I will be making my official debut with Pocket Opera next month. I sang for a donor party that was absolutely fabulous. Sometimes, I have these moments in my life that are SO glamorous, so exciting, and quintessentially "diva," and other moments where I am spraying organic toy cleaner on an egg shaker because whatever nanny brought the baby to music class was too busy texting on her cell phone to watch that the child put it in his mouth. Alas - we must all find balance in our lives.
I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing group of friends. All around the country and world, too! I have amazing mentors who do incredible things and pass on incredible stories and knowledge. I live in one of the world's most influential places - smack dab in between San Francisco and San Jose. The tech boom makes cost of living a "little" outrageous, but it is worth it. And hey - FOOD is way cheaper than Jersey and SO SO SO good here. Makes up for everything. Not to mention the amazing outdoor adventures I can have. Never did I expect to be able to study my opera scores at the beach every Sunday. Hell, I never expected to be conducting a church choir (yes, I used "hell" ironically).
But I DO. And I LOVE it.
Okay, Okay, I don't get real "weekends" anymore. But do I need those? I mean, I still had a wonderful time Saturday evening celebrating into the wee hours of the next morning and made it to church on time, and sang an aria well for wealthy folks, and I'm not dead yet. And more importantly, I haven't been fired! Yay!
Like I said, I am blessed with wonderful friends. If I ever gave any advice to young singers starting on the college music journey - don't forget that the bonding you will do through those years. My friends and I are so close because we have had amazing choir tours, retreats, crazy performances, mishaps, loads of classes together. And although college was a few years ago, those kinds of bonds last forever. The people you work with in an opera production or for a year in a chamber choir become your brothers and sisters. You look out for each other. You go through every crisis together and pull each other out. You bond together to make fun of your director, but you also love your director like family. Papa Bear, Crazy Uncle. These are your people. They will always be your people. Never rise so far into "diva-dom" that you forget where you come from. I even wish I had been in more choirs! Granted, scheduling gets a bit crazy... but the experiences you share are invaluable.
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