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Repost: starting an arts organization

While this post is not necessarily related to the purpose of this little blog, it’s a good read anyhow, and may strike some chords and generate some ‘aha’ moments.


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Regional sounds

Lincoln, NE–

With three days of auditions now in the books, I can safely make this statement:

Regional sounds are disappearing amongst teenagers.

We have heard folks from nearly every state in the country.  With few exceptions, each of these students sounded pretty much the same.  I heard two kids who sounded like they were from the South, and one who sounded like New Jersey.  But for the most part, a generic Midwestern flatness is now part of the speaking voice of the several hundred high school students who auditioned this week.

I lament the loss of regional vocal differences!

Teaching voice

[from June 2010]

While I was attending the Voice Foundation workshops in Philadelphia earlier this month, I found myself pondering all the different things that we voice teachers actually teach.

Herewith, an incomplete list:

  • communication
  • technique
  • deportment
  • breathing
  • acting (action, gesture, emotion, face)
  • diction
  • modern and ancient languages
  • mental imagery
  • preventative health
  • collaboration with others (at the least, the pianist)
  • musical style
  • historical understanding
  • self-confidence

New blog

I keep thinking about writing about the discoveries and lessons I am gleaning and gaining and giving as a voice teacher.  Over the next year, I’ll see where this blog leads me.