Dragon Mother

Thursday, December 27, 2012

shapeimage_2-11I finally have some time to write about Dragon Mother. The whirlwind of the Fall semester has settled a bit over the holiday break and I can look back on the whole process of bringing this project to life. It started almost two years ago in the interval between semesters when I felt restless without enough to do. I decided to ask various composers to write pieces for me in the coming years. Continue reading

Summer Voice Lessons

Thursday, August 30, 2012

shapeimage_2-5I have seen David five more times since the beginning of May. It has worked out to about 3 or 4 weeks between lessons, with various non-singing vacation/retreat weeks in there as well. Each time, he gave me new and different exercises. Usually I had just about gotten used to the previous set of exercises when it was time to learn others. Continue reading

On My Own

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

shapeimage_2-5I had two more voice lessons with David back in February, after I got home from Barre. He was very positive and supportive. Each time I was there with him, I felt relaxed and comfortable and my voice felt good. Each time, he gave me new and different exercises, and I diligently practiced them at home, looking in the mirror to keep my throat muscles relaxed and expanded and the back of my neck long. Yikes, I tell my students the very same things, but it is so hard to be objective with your own mechanism! Continue reading

Second Voice Lesson

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

shapeimage_2-5It was great to be able to see David again so soon. I had listened to the CD of our first lesson, and transcribed all the vocalizes. I had been practicing the new exercises, and while they felt a bit strange to me on my own, when I was with David, miraculously, they felt good. This reminded me of what it felt like to work with George McKinley. When ever I was there with him, it was like magic, and my voice felt wonderful. Continue reading