Vocal Arts

Taking Time in Daily Life

Taking Time in Daily Life

When I work with musicians, actors, athletes, or other professionals whose use of their bodies is integral to their performance, people very often want to jump to the applications of the Alexander Technique – how does this work at the piano or violin? How does this work when speaking my lines, when singing? For a […]

What IS Posture Anyway?

What IS Posture Anyway?

We all know that ‘good posture’ is important. It helps us move through the world with confidence. It helps us have presence in performance or public speaking. It’s the foundation of singing. We feel and look better with it. But if you ask people what good posture is, you’re likely to hear something like the following: […]

A terrific way to un-wind stress, tension, and fatigue. 10 minutes a day can do wonders! All you need is a book and a floor!

Constructive Rest – Peace in the Midst of Busy

It’s mid-April. For those of in the academic and music performance cycles, that means BUSY. With concerts, finals, and an increasing number of commitments, it’s easy to feel like there just isn’t any downtime. I try to build periods of rest into my life, but some days, all I can get is ten minutes. What […]

You Are Your Instrument: The Power of the Breath, part 2

You Are Your Instrument: The Power of the Breath, part 2

In last month’s blog, I explored the idea of noticing your non-doing breath. Not long after I sent it out, one reader wrote to ask: “Can you give us tips on how to incorporate breathing techniques into daily life?” Absolutely! First, let’s finish talking about the “Whispered Ah.” if you haven’t recently practiced paying calm attention […]

You Are Your Instrument: The Power of the Breath, part 1

You Are Your Instrument: The Power of the Breath, part 1

Earlier this month, I had the joy of partnering in an event at the Spirit and Place Festival, a unique, 10-day long event in Indianapolis exploring the intersection of the arts, humanities, and religion. This year’s theme was “Power.” An ensemble from Indianapolis Women’s Chorus (the chorus I direct) partnered with Shiela Dimof from Santosha […]

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 […]

The Layer Cake of Singing, or Training the Whole Singer

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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