Giving and receiving

My apple tree, the “Old Girl”, having received a perfect pruning (thanks, C!) weeks before, gives leaf and blossom (April 2021) This week I’ve been spending time pondering giving and receiving. Singing is the ultimate generous act. We give of our...

To every thing, there is a season

Dreams of June (taken June 2020) One of my friends loves to quote that passage from Ecclesiastes, and it feels appropriate right now. The season is spring–that beautiful time when life begins to burst forth again (less fun for the pollen sufferers, of which I am...

The Miracle of Spring

Cherry tree in full bloom, Grand River Trail, Kitchener, ON, May 13, 2021 This year spring feels more like a miracle than I ever remember. This long year of on-and-off lockdowns, of missing people, performances, community and connection is giving way to an inkling of...

The earth beneath our feet

As this academic year draws to a close–a year like no other, it must be stated–I’m contemplating what grounds and connects us as humans and as singers. My students are preparing their final projects, demonstrating the incredible growth they have all...

Take these broken wings

The blackbirds are back. They’re one of the real harbingers of spring, their trilling song reminding us of long, lazy summer days ahead. As many of us are, I’m prompted lately to reflect back upon the year that is just past, now just over a year since The...