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The Joseph medley.

Hi Ladies!

So, remember I told you I would post my thoughts on how to make the medley better? Well, here they are.

First of all, let me applaud you all for learning your music quickly and remembering what we go over from week to week. Having a group that’s pretty self-sufficient in regards to work and practice makes my job a lot easier, and more fun. You all are doing a wonderful job in that regard.

That being said, your expression is about as exciting as pond water.

And I say that lovingly.  🙂

Everything needs to be energized, and in character. Erin needs to really sing like Elvis. Coco and Dassy need to sing like Jamaicans. All of you need to sound like country bumpkins in the “One More Angel…” song. And the beginning, well, needs a charge from a defibrillator.

In short, the music itself is not the problem. You’ve got it. You just need to work it so that it is something that people will want to watch and listen to.

Think about how to do that, and we will talk about it and see what you’ve come up with on Monday. Love you guys!



Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break! Try to keep warm in this record cold weather, but don’t let it dampen your celebration of the holiday. See you next week!


Performances abound.

Although I have not posted many updates about preparations for recitals/concerts lately, that is not to say that things have not been going well. The Joyful Noise Chorus continues to impress me with how quickly they are learning fairly complicated music (a Gershwin medley and two show tunes). I know that the Spring Concert on 4 May will be a huge success, and people will be talking about the chorus all summer.

Likewise, my ladies in Show Choir at Master’s Academy are preparing a lovely medley from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Though there are no young men in the choir, it’s hardly a handicap. These ladies are going to rip it up next month at the end of the year showcase, and I know everyone in the audience will leave entertained and extremely impressed by the caliber of talent that we have.

Then there are my babies at the RIM. All of my students have worked super-hard this year, and I am so excited for them to share with everyone what they have accomplished. Our first ever Spring Recital is next month, date TBA (found out that the date that I requested at the venue is already taken). They have all made me so proud, and they should each feel a great sense of achievement for the work they have done. Kudos to all of you!

I also have a few things in the works for this summer. More on that later.

Moment of truth.

For my Marietta Artios peeps, the day has come!

It’s the last day of class. Performance juries are upon us. Good luck to all of you.

Remember all of the things we discussed last week about what you should do in your performance, and remember what you’ve learned this semester. You all have done a stellar job of applying what I’ve taught you, and you should all be very pleased with your progress. I’m sad to see the term end, because I know that it is the last I’ll be seeing of some of you. Some of you are going on to a drama or art class, and will not be doing Show Choir. Sigh.

I will miss you. But even though you won’t be in my class anymore, don’t be a stranger. Stop in and say hi, and stop in on the blog and say hi too!

For those of you who will be continuing with me in Show Choir, woohoo! I’m looking forward to it.

See you tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

Well, I know I said I would post right after Christmas, but things got pretty hectic around here. I hope everyone had a restful and blessed holiday season. Now it’s time to get back into the daily grind.

I read last week that my former voice teacher (who is in her 80s) had been selected as Teacher of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine. That’s pretty awesome, and she is a great teacher, one of the best in the city. She taught me all that I teach my students now, and it feels great to see and hear the results with each one of them. I really look up to her and hope that I can become as good a teacher as she is.

My son got an Ipod Nano for Christmas. That’s music related, and that’s why I’m telling you. What music-related things did you get for Christmas, if anything? Do share.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Don’t fall off the wagon.

The practice wagon, that is.

I realize that it is now Christmas break and you want to forget about everything that has to do with studying or practicing, but please try not to. There are four or five of you left that have to sing in a practice rotation our first class after the break. Then comes juries! So try to get some practice time in here or there, so that you can do well. Remember, you must sing the song from memory.

I’m very proud of the progress you all have made. I am taking a break from blogging here until right after Christmas. So until then, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God bless you.


Fall concert.

The fall term is almost over for the homeschool chorus. Our Fall Concert is next Thursday, at 7pm, at Piedmont Baptist Church. We are singing two pieces, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, and Alleluia Canon by Mozart. The chorus sounds great. There are only nine in the group, and they have done a superb job in just two months! I’d like to extend an invitation to all of my students to come see them perform. The different orchestras will be performing also, as well as the worship band. It should be a lovely concert. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!