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Stretching

This Friday I will be going to Winchester, VA to participate in Level 1, 2, and 3 training with Jeannette Lovetri’s program. (http://www.thevoiceworkshop.com/shen.html) It is an intensive 9 days of the study of vocal pedagogy for “contemporary commercial music”. That term makes me wince a little, but it is probably better than “nonclassical”. Why? There […]

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"Placement" in singing

This is a troublesome word in vocal pedagogy and technique. Try to get several voice teachers or singers to agree what “placement” is and you will invoke semantic chaos. As I understand it, “placement” refers to the feeling of sympathetic vibration in one’s body when the voice is resonating as it should. We all know […]

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Singing and Fluting

This is inspired by Craig’s comment on my previous entry. As I have dusted off my flute and played it again after very little activity in the last 7 years, I am finding it refreshingly different than previous times that I came back from breaks. I have been fearful of playing flute again largely because […]

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Ego and Competition

When I was playing flute more, it was an important status symbol for me to have an orchestra position. Regardless of the other performing outlets in my life, being in an orchestra was what I wanted on my resume. I would get quite nervous for auditions, then once I was in a group, I would […]

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Judging at NATS

I judged college junior women and college senior men today. I will write a few random notes here. Please ask other people what your “starter piece” should be. A lot of you picked starter pieces that were not your best, I suspect. I heard lots of Italian with missing R’s today. Flip or roll, those […]

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