Loss and gain

Don’t judge me for my artwork. My mind was a bit of a blank this week as I considered what I wanted to post about. As sometimes happens, I’m mining my week’s experiences for a theme and coming up empty, when suddenly something someone says gives me...

This is the VOICE

The past few weeks I’ve been riveted by this new book by New Yorker writer John Colapinto, who takes a deep dive here into all things related to the voice. It’s truly fascinating stuff. But I’m particularly enthralled by the second last chapter,...

We meet again

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go. I’m about to meet my new crop of students–always an exciting time of year. But this time, of course, it feels much different; there’s a whiff of change in the air because, yes! We get to MEET AGAIN. In...

Me and my uke

My new friend, the ukulele (July 2021) Funny how doing something new can give you an enlarged perspective. Last week, I was the lucky recipient of a new ukulele (on loan) from my colleague, Deanna Yerichuk, coordinator of the undergraduate concentration in Community...

Improvising my way back home

I started practicing again this week. It felt scary and unfamiliar because I had left it for a while, but I thought I’d find my way back to it by doing some vocal improvisation–something that doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s not that I...