The price of shame

The price of shame (self-portrait, Kimberly Barber, May 16, 2024) Shame is something that comes up regularly in voice work, particularly with folks who identify as “non-singers”. It’s pretty much a guarantee in the workshops I give, that someone or...

Friction Point

Friction point (sourced on snappa.com March 2024) Those readers who drive stick shift will know what I mean when I speak of the intense feeling of the “friction point” an engine needs to reach before the delicate balance between releasing the clutch and...

This is what growth looks like

Hannah Piercey (Baker’s Wife) & Roland Kessler (Baker), Opera Laurier, Into the Woods 2024 (photo by @kaelaboschcaptures) I don’t often single out individual students in this column, but every now and again, it’s important to acknowledge...

Intention. Conviction.

Alison Crockett (aka MsDivaBlu) and KB riffing at Shenandoah CCM Institute, July 2023 We have the great joy this week of hosting Jazz Diva Alison Crockett, aka MsDivaBlu, at Laurier Music. Talk about sending out Black History Month with a bang! I first met Alison last...

Taking up space

All the colours of the rainbow (taken on Hallowe’en, October 31, 2023) This week a big theme in my voice studio has been allowing oneself to Be Large. Regardless of one’s physical size, it’s a fact that for many of us, the idea of taking up space is...