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Taking Care of “The Self”

August 5, 2016

No matter what you are doing or participating in this summer, are you still feeling stressed and anxious? Are there projects or expectations placed on you of your own volition; things that are next to impossible to accomplish in the real world? Are you worrying about making the right impression on those that are in || Continue »

Mise-en-place – Everything in its Place

April 1, 2016

Don’t know if you knew this, but 35 years ago I took a hiatus from my career, and moved back to my home state of Arizona when my children were about to enter High School. In making this decision, I knew I would find great support from my family who lived there. It was at || Continue »

The Power of Distractions and Emotional Weight That Goes With It

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Begin this New Year with power, optimism, and new way to look at how you think about what you think. Never before in human history have we been the recipients of so much information designed to fill us with ideas, desires, and distractions. The news of the world good, bad or indifferent || Continue »

Collect and Reset Yourself

December 1, 2014

Has there ever been a time when toward the end of an especially challenging day, you felt compelled to sit, close your eyes and try to calm your body and quiet your mind because you had an important audition or performance two hours from now? Are you having trouble with this? Is your anxiety level || Continue »

It’s Just a Job! It’s Not Emotional or Personal

March 1, 2014

There are many, many programs and services out there for singers today, but too much of a good thing can also be overwhelming. I’ve heard from my own students that they can often feel confused and unsure which programs are worth their resources of time, energy and money. As is the case with my students, || Continue »

Getting Back On the Horse

December 1, 2012

2012 is quickly coming to a close. How is your life and singing career progressing? Is your vocal technique in A+ ready mode to help launch you into a professional career or move you to the next rung of that professional ladder? Have you chosen the appropriate arias and are they performance ready? Are you || Continue »

How to Tame The Beast!

November 1, 2012

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of your colleagues and friends tell you how busy they are. Sure it’s hard to deal with the pressures of having a job, all the while worrying about the added time, energy and money needed to continue your || Continue »

Don’t Let Fear Get the Best of You!

August 1, 2012

Whenever we take a chance and enter unfamiliar territory or put ourselves into the world in a new way, we often experience fear. Very often this fear keeps us from moving ahead with our lives or trying new things. The trick is, as the title of a really great book by Susan Jeffers says, “FEEL || Continue »

Who’s In Charge In There?

December 1, 2011

Renunciation – rejection – repudiation – abandonment – denial; these are very powerful words that often accompany how we feel inside after an audition that might not have gone as well as expected. Or perhaps you presented an amazing audition but still didn’t get the job or win the competition and start questioning what happened; || Continue »

“If You Want a Guarantee, Buy a Toaster!” – Clint Eastwood

August 1, 2011

What is your attitude after a performance? Are you in it for the accolades, the audiences immediate response, and then the good things people say to you after a performance starting with your colleagues, conductor, stage director, stage manager, fans, to family and critics, etc? Does this help give you your identity that totally depends || Continue »

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