Proud Mama

Me and my gals: Magic Flute Opening Night, May 6, 2022 (from left: KB, Midori Marsh, Jamie Groote–photo Anna Ronai) So…not sure if I should say it, given all the talk about boundaries in recent posts. But I can’t help myself: I am so proud of these...

A fine line 2.0

A fine line 2.0 (Kimberly Barber, May 2022) Last week’s post seemed to generate some interest amongst readers (thanks for writing, folks!), so I thought I’d keep riffing on this business of line-drawing in the teacher-student relationship. It’s a...

A fine line

A fine line (April, 2022) Singing is vulnerable stuff. And as it turns out, teaching singing is pretty vulnerable stuff too. Teaching and learning are such deeply integrative processes that it is sometimes difficult to discern where the line between them is. The...

We sing who we are

Photo by Bo Huang (2019) We can only dance with the one who brung us. Namely, ourselves. Try as we might to be someone different, wedge ourselves into a box that seems more palatable, our voices will always resist this crime against nature. I know, because I have...

Showing up

Captured from Jana’s wall, October 2021 We are nearing the end of term and my students are getting into performance mode. This is the phase where I am reminding them to Show Up: where I ask them to truly come as themselves, open their artist hearts and let us...