Choral Conducting

Under Construction

Under Construction

I grew up in Michigan, where, like much of the northern US, there are two seasons: winter and construction. It’s a joke, of course, but it has some interesting parallels with the speeds and seasons of our lives. I looked at winter in a blog post marking the Winter Solstice in 2016. Today is the […]

You Are Your Instrument, pt. 1 - My Singing Journey

You Are Your Instrument, pt. 1 – My Singing Journey

When people find out that I am a singer, voice teacher, choral conductor, and Alexander Technique teacher, it sometimes isn’t immediately clear how all of it connects. Some musicians who have heard of Alexander Technique see plainly how the work can help instrumentalists avoid repetitive motion injuries and play without strain, but as players of […]

Permission to Not be Right

Permission to Not be Right

Take a minute and think through a typical day. How many times during the day do you feel that you have permission to not be right? By that, I mean you are not expected to: know the answer, build it so it works the first time, even wear socks that match… in general, do you […]

Practice and Results: Facing a Challenge

Practice and Results: Facing a Challenge

Think for a moment about the last time you faced a challenge. It could be minute 37 of spinning class (that was me today!), it could be learning a piece of music with a difficult passage, it could be a stressful situation at work… Whatever it is, YOU HAVE A CHOICE about how you approach […]

Space for Change

Space for Change

The turnings of the year are times that I relish for reflection. Some people make resolutions, some don’t, but I have a few words to toss into the fray about how we approach our intentions to change… “I Resolve.” To me, this wording has a head-strong feeling about it. To make a change by will-power […]

The Layer Cake of Singing, or Training the Whole Singer

I had the great privilege this past week to teach a workshop at the Sister Singers Network Festival in Urbana, Illinois, hosted by Amasong. It was amazing to connect with so many incredible women, and sing, talk about singing, talk about music, listen to music… a wonderful time. My workshop was titled Training the Vocal […]

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