Well, my dears, it’s been impossibly long. What can I say? I missed you. Maybe you missed me, too? I have so much to share with you.
1. This is my cabaret show! I have been wanting to transition into cabaret for years now, but as a 20-something I didn’t have enough life experience to be interesting, in my opinion. Now that I’m in my mid-30s, I am finally old/interesting enough to say something worthwhile. This show comprises my favorite “sings” by Sondheim, JRB, Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch, and Carole King–to name a few. You can follow little previews of what I’m working on on Instagram or Twitter with#myfavoritesings.
The show is part of FUMC’s Performing Arts series. My friends Jeff and Peter are putting the show together with me, and we’re hoping to share with you an evening of good singing and entertaining storytelling. Good times!
2. I can’t really describe how excited I am about the NATS Intern Program this summer at UNCG.
A 10-day forum that pairs experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented, young teaching professionals, the NATS Intern Program is designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, and substantially improve studio teaching skills.
This is the 25th anniversary of the program, and the master teachers whom they’ve invited are truly exceptional. And I’ll be heading back to North Carolina after 10+ years, so that’ll be fun, too! You can read more about the program here.
3. Personal update: There was a span in my 20s that I often reflect upon as the happiest time of my adult life. I felt inspired and unstoppable; I really felt like I could (and did) anything I put my mind to. I was exercising a lot during that time, and I thought that I was exercising because I was happy. Well, it turns out, I was happy because I was exercising. Live and learn.
One of my goals for this year was to establish better daily habits in my singing practice, exercising, writing, gratitude practice, and relationships with people. One of the best things I did was to change the way I think about practicing singing and exercise by simply changing the words I use to “voicework” and “bodywork.” This has made a huge difference in my approach to both. Practice and exercise brought up a feeling of drudgery for me; voicework and bodywork bring up feelings of self-care and focus.
Voicework: I’ve been working hard on my vocal habits and discovering new ways to sing and teach CCM styles. So many good things happening!
Bodywork: I’m running six days a week and going to yoga whenever I can. My family and I have signed up for the Columbus 10K in June. I think we’re going with “The Cheese Logs” for a team name. (Long story involving Brian, a cheese log, and his afterburners.) And I’m hoping to add in a strength-training program soon. Of course, all this also helps my singing, so it’s really a win-win.
One of my other goals is to make a meaningful connection with someone every day. I haven’t been blogging much because it’s hard to make a connection just sharing from this side, so honestly, I’d love to hear from you and to know what’s new with you. Love to you and yours!1