• Reflections on a month of Mahler: Re-entry

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

    I’m back from a month away in the midwest singing concerts of Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4. What a month of absolute joy and now I’m back in the…

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  • “A Gesture of the Poem’s Behalf” – Part 5

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

    Knowing ahead of time that certain performances will change your life is a bit daunting. Daunting because it can be difficult to remain present in the moment. Ego wants to take over and “make it perfect” or “prove I’m worth this amazing moment in time”. These recitals with Ricky were defining…

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  • “A Gesture of the Poem’s Behalf” – Part 4

    Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

    Our first coaching session together had been in January 2016 after my disastrous audition in Houston that previous December.  My confidence level was shaky, at best, and that is not the singer that belonged in this rehearsal. Wanting to please this living legend was the overwhelming urge. I am a…

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  • “A Gesture on the Poem’s Behalf” – Part 3

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

    Emails exchanged. Repertoire chosen. Ricky chose 10 songs to showcase his music in a way that he wanted. I knew that we would have little time to rehearse in CA, so I made the move. Can I come coach in NYC? Originally the show was supposed to be April…

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  • “A Gesture on the Poem’s Behalf” – Part 2

    Saturday, October 1st, 2016

    In September of 2015, I sat at a post show dinner with Matthew Buckman, General Director of Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera. He and I have had a wonderful working relationship since the first show I did with him, The Merry Widow in 2009. We have similar sensibilities about bringing…

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  • “A Gesture on the Poem’s Behalf” – Part 1

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

    “A Gesture on the Poem’s Behalf” is a class that composer Ricky Ian Gordon teaches for composers of Art Song . It highlights his process and inspiration for composing, the text. Composers in the class are asked to pick a poem, memorize it and recite it to the rest of…

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  • Home for Christmas

    Sunday, December 9th, 2012

    This is the first time in a few years that I’ve been home to truly prepare for the Christmas season. I realized, I didn’t feel like decorating, wrapping presents and I never feel like shopping. I needed to be home to play games, cook, listen to and sing music,…

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  • The Last Few Years

    Friday, October 26th, 2012

    The last few years I have been lucky enough to have an extremely busy concert season, but well spaced so I had time to think, percolate, interpret….Ahhh….time to think… That was not so much the case to begin this season and I had to call upon…

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  • Happy Fall

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

    The first week of school is always tricky as the bodies and brains get back in to a strict routine. This year, however, was a big transition year in our house. I have a middle schooler in a new school. (Actually, she was in TWO new…

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  • Who Am I?

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012

    Who am I?

    This is a question that I am sure all of us have asked at one point, or at several pivotal points in life. For me, it’s something that glares at me when I am doing a show away from home, because my role/roles in my…

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