On the frustration that is sometimes known as practice

Common phrases heard around the word “practice.” Practice makes perfect. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice. The word itself has always elicited a full spectrum of emotion from me.  Positive, negative, indifferent! I often refer to the tennis court as my happy place.  Or the spot in my home where I […]

In My Own Words

I recently had the pleasure of reconnecting with a student who had been a part of my studio at the college where I teach.  She’d been away from singing for a while and wanted to invest again in training her voice.  I could understand her ache to sing very well.  That calling haunts us until […]

Let yourself be a student & persist

Every dream begins with an idea.  You run into something, see something, hear something and think, “I want to do THAT!”  Such a common thing!  But how often do we allow ourselves to explore and try things out?  And more importantly, if we discover a passion, how often do we really see it through?  When […]

My life’s purpose in a quote by Anne Frank + random rant

I just found this quote and had to share: “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Anne Frank This is how I spend my days, […]

Photos from Chopin Concert

From left to right:  Sasha von Dassow, cello, Melodie Dickerson, soprano, Joyce Valentine, piano, Martha Lopez, soprano, Cliff Roles, narrator, Carol Sparrow, mezzo-soprano   The set looked beautiful. So much fun.  I feel lucky to have been involved.  There was a staggering amount of talent on that stage last night. Photos courtesy of Cliff Roles.