Between Movements - Musicians & Identity

Musicians & Identity A few months ago, I spoke with my friend, Josh Vigran, on his fantastic podcast, Between Movements. (I highly recommend that you subscribe!) We visited on the topics of Musician Identity and The Myers Briggs Personality Test. We had a stimulating conversation (as we always do), and I am happy to share it with you. I enjoyed being a guest on Between Movements,...

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VOICE LESSONS - Email [email protected]

To prospective students: I am thrilled to be able to offer voice lessons exclusively online this year so that my students can remain safe and well throughout the duration of this pandemic. This also gives us the freedom to work together no matter where you are in this world! That is truly amazing. Lessons will be conducted via Zoom or FaceTime. To receive...

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DMA Diploma Pics!

DMA Diploma Pics!

Two months ago, I completed my doctoral degree. Yay! Sadly, I didn't get to commence due to the pandemic. So here are some celebratory diploma pictures, instead! Thanks to my family and friends for their unwavering encouragement and support! While the pandemic continues to affect all of our lives, I am offering online voice lessons and producing my own performances with high-level recording equipment. I'm also picking...

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Historical Performance Practice, Epilogue: My Application

In the past three blog posts, I have laid out a literature review on the subject of vibrato in the historical performance practice of early music. You may be wondering if I am pro vibrato or pro straight tone. However, rather than label myself in either of those courts, I like to say that I am pro healthy singing and pro beautiful music. I&...

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Historical Performance Practice, Part 3: Baroque Vocal Music

The two previous installments in this three-part series explored vocal historical performance practices in medieval and renaissance times. As I move into the baroque period, I sense a raising of the stakes. This is the repertory in which I am, personally, most invested. As a singer who is eager to advance my career in the field of baroque performance, I need to understand how to perform this music. I...

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Historical Performance Practice, Part 2: Renaissance Vocal Music

A common personal battle among singers is the challenge of navigating through the waters of early historical performance practice. Each singer inevitably must make important decisions regarding their personal vocal identity and subsequent vocal application. “How do I want to sound?” the singer must ask. “What kinds of opportunities am I willing to accept? Do I want a choral gig? Do I need a choral gig in...

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Historical Performance Practice, Part 1: Medieval Vocal Music

For years, I have tossed and turned and otherwise agonized over the inconclusive mystery of historical performance practice (HPP) from the Medieval Period through the Baroque Period. How should I apply my instrument within the various early music genres in today’s classical music market? Should I be willing to implement straight-tone much of the time? How do I feel about that? Am I even comfortable with the idea of li...

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SGN

Some Good News! Despite this strange chapter of existence that is Covid-19 Quarantine, this is shaping up to be a wonderful time for me, full of big goals achieved, new goals created, new professional relationships formed, and an impending transition to an unknown new chapter. I’m happy to share all my good news! My first item of good news is that I have CO...

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Olomouc Baroque Festival

Olomouc Baroque Festival

Late July through early August promises an international adventure as I cross the ocean to perform two operas at the Olomouc Baroque Festival, including Bononcini's Proteo Sul Reno, and a newly completed version of the very first opera in history, Peri's Dafne. This rendition of Dafne was edited and completed by Vit Zouhar. More details to come! http://baroko.olomouc.eu/en/...

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My 2nd DMA Recital

My 2nd DMA Recital

It has been a wonderful year of growth and joy at UNT. On April 22nd, I gave my second doctoral recital, presenting a program of arias by Handel and Mozart. I had a fantastic chamber ensemble for the Handel portion of my program, comprised of seven instrumentalist friends who play with generous spirit and easy camaraderie. We had a great time preparing a small selection...

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