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singing

  • Productivity habit

    Since I manage a full-time job, a part-time job, a relationship, two children, friends, a cat, volunteer work, singing in the occasional opera, fitness goals, reading many books, and writing a lot,…

  • My life as a weirdo

    Choir music is designed for the masses. The usual SATB music is chosen to fit a typical vocal range and allow for a blend of nice voices into a whole that is…

  • Opera and cultural sensitivity

    I’m doing a production of Madama Butterfly and the set and costume design are what I’ve dubbed “impressionistic” Japanese. We hint at the idea of Japan and try to do some things…

  • Actor & voice

    You’ll find a lot of actors have a side gig as vocalists. You might assume it’s because they’re egomaniacs, but the little-spoken fact is that you can’t make it as an actor…

  • Risk – perceived and actual

    There were times when my anxiety crippled my ability to live my life. I learned to manage my anxiety and one of the main tools I use for that is skepticism. When…

  • The primer for classical singing

    It’s almost like a totem. When an individual has signaled their readiness to become a classical singer a teacher will lead them one of these Schirmer books. [A slew of singers just…

  • Physiological response to singing

    Many people who learn I sing opera feel compelled to apologize for not liking the art form. It’s okay. I get it. I don’t like opera either. I mean, I don’t like…

  • Jazzy sounds from my cousin Sophie

    In my family, you can be a physician or a musician, but you can rarely be both. My cousin Sophie Bourgeois is extraordinary for managing the delicate balancing act of running her…

  • Queen of the Night Diana Damrau

    Sing Talking

    Pop singing isn’t really singing. I love pop music, don’t misunderstand me here. I love dancing to pop and playing it in the background at home while I’m doing chores. I love…

  • I’m an athlete

    “We believe that everyone who has a body is an athlete.” Nike executive Phil Knight I never think of myself as an athletic person, but that’s an attitude that has to change.…