culture music theatre & dance

    Singing “Cats” in The New York Times

    August 3, 2016

    Y’all. I made it into The New York Times. Granted, it’s an Internet video feature, and I have exactly three words (“sun,” “has begun”) … but still! My name is in the credits. They cut all my weird schtick out, so you can enjoy my original submission below. Love! (Art and videography by Scarlett. Background vocals by Leo.)…

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  • personal theatre & dance

    Act 2: The Post-Musical Era

    I have a confession: I loved Hamilton, but I don’t *love* Hamilton–not in the way a good musical theatre person should. The day the Ben Brantley review came out, I bought tickets. Brian and I…

    July 10, 2016
  • personal theatre & dance

    The Shame of Being Non-Equity

    “I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us…

    May 23, 2016
  • personal

    We’re moving (across Cyberspace)!

    My dearest, sweet MAB LIBS readers, I have good news and bad news. Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes … I’m retiring this blog address. I didn’t intend to, but I…

    June 28, 2015
  • music teaching writing

    Why I Choose to Teach (Part 1)

    Although my last name is likely derived from Brotbäcker (German for “bread baker”), the family profession is no longer baking—it is education. My father was a teacher and school superintendent before becoming a university…

    May 13, 2015
  • teaching

    Cold season: The struggle is real

    Your vocals are sick, but not in a good way because it’s cold season. Not to worry — I’ve got you covered. Here’s to vocal hygiene. Read on. 1. Hydrate. Proper hydration is the most…

    February 17, 2015
  • news

    Bel Canto / Can Belto

    Read all about the groundbreaking Oberlin Vocal Symposium I took part in earlier this year–just click on the photo. Love!…

    October 25, 2014