As many of you head off to your summer programs or start working on the ones you have created for yourselves, I want you to remember how important it is to stay present, focused, and committed to where you are positioned within your current vocal technique. It takes belief, concentration and confidence in that understanding that helps give you the courage to fight for it as you do your work. This is how you will continue to grow and build this amazing platform to work from as you tell your characters story. Only then, will the story come through the sound of your voice and the words you sing, as your body follows. It is so much easier to do this when you fight for sticking to your present position on the vocal technique platform you have worked so hard, smart, and long to establish. This kind of commitment can be a bit scary. But the best part is at the end of your work you will notice how much stronger, authentic, and habitual your vocal technique has become. As Syrio Forel, Arya’s fencing “water dancer”, said to her, “See what is there. Opening your eyes is all that is needing.” So, stay in your senses and out of your emotions to keep your bearings straight. Avanti and ciao for now. Would love to hear how your work is going this summer, so keep me posted please.