Wintering

Winter on the cow pasture (photo by Markus Philipp, December 2023) It’s the quiet time of year. As a solstice baby (December 21 Birthday greetings accepted by email or other means!), this season holds a special place for me. It’s also the end of term, and...

Face to face

Estruscan tomb (Kimberly Barber, Volterra, Italy, 2014) The impetus for me to begin blogging about Singing and Self was the desire to explore the interconnection between voice and identity. This exploration particularly pertained to the singing voice; both my own...

Barber Studio Singers come up big at NATS Showcase

Kimberly with Sibyl Bonnardel at the NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase at Queen’s University, November 18, 2023 This year’s NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase was held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts at Queen’s University, and though Laurier numbers were...

Chemistry is change

Quote from Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry (sourced on QuoteFancy.com, Nov. 24, 2023) We live in tumultuous times. So much is changing: systems are tumbling, expectations are upended, parameters are shifting. It can feel overwhelming at times, and we want...

The Power of Vulnerability

Vulnerability=Power (sourced on Snappa.com, Nov. 9, 2023) Singing is scary. The emotional exposure it involves requires great personal courage. Just showing up at a singing lesson can test your ability to exercise bravery. Case in point: one of my students arrived at...