For nearly 10 months now, I've been teaching mostly online. While this has its drawbacks (being able to accompany my students in real time...I'll never take that for granted again!), this period means I'm teaching my students to be even more self-reliant earlier in their careers. I don't think this is a bad thing - for 167+ hours per week, my students are their own teachers. The more they know and are curious about what resources exist, and how to find what works for them, the better off they'll be as singers, as musicians, and as humans.
I started pulling together a few of my favorite voice resources in a new tab above ("Student Resources"). I'll be building it out a bit in the coming weeks. . .some of my favorite resources for both skill and knowledge-building in the realm of singing.
If you have resources you particularly enjoy - share them with me! I'm only one person, and it's a great big internet. . .
I recently learned of an artist-led philanthropic initiative, and I'm so moved by the generosity of this varied group of performers that I am joining Beyond Artists. In addition to my ongoing monthly support of Planned Parenthood, I choose to support Black Lives Matter in the fight to right hundreds of years of racial injustice in the US. I also support weird art-making in the Midwest by supporting organizations that promote, program, and present weird music and fairly compensate their artists - Omaha Under the Radar and Outpost New Music, among others!
On Saturday, May 16, at 7p central US time, I'll be celebrating my birthday with a little salon concert, performed in my home!
You're invited - click on Birthday Salon sometime around 7p this Saturday! I'll be streaming via Twitch, as it allows me a few more options for text display. . .we'll see how it goes.
Texts and translations can be found here:
Salon Program texts/translations
I've been doing my best to keep busy during this unexpected hiatus from normal life...I have finally gotten the chance to edit and share some of the soundscape recordings I made throughout 2019, and I decided to share them here on my site under the new Soundscapes tab. If you want to sonically visit Pickwick or other places I've been with me, take a listen!
Now that I'm getting settled into my two offices (HFA 257 and PAC 249a, respectively), I'm delighted to share that I have joined the teaching faculties at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire AND Winona State University in Minnesota! Just ~70 miles door-to-door, it is a BEAUTIFUL commute through the Driftless Region.
I have suddenly (and gratefully) found myself in charge of 37 singers, all together - thus, I have a LOT of repertoire to choose. . .wish me luck.
I've been editing a ton of recordings - both for myself and for Damselfly Trio - it's easier than I expected!
First up: I wanted to share the live performance recording of my first Sketchbook for The Unbearable Lightness of Being - at SPLICE Festival 2018 (held last year at my alma mater, BGSU). I started a special soundcloud page just for my self-accompanied stuff. . .trying to keep organized.
It has been quite the Fall season, so far - highlights included Damselfly's wonderful tours of North Carolina, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, a (successful!) defense of my dissertation on Roger Reynolds' Sketchbook for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Quince's fall tours of Omaha, Oregon, and the Library of Congress, a guest appearance with Ensemble Dal Niente, and a Splice Festival performance of the Reynolds, I am finally home for a bit - just in time for the first snows of the season.
Speaking of. . .up next, Quince performs Morton Feldman's chilly Three Voices at Areté Gallery, Brooklyn, on Saturday, 12/1. Ticket info is here!
The members of Damselfly Trio (Chelsea, Lindsay, and me) have been watching the weather lately...Chelsea's family lives in coastal North Carolina, and her community was hit hard this week by Hurricane Florence. We will be there mid-week to either help clean up efforts or rehearse (whichever is needed!)
Meanwhile, Hurricane/Tropical Storm/all-around-mess Helene has Ireland set in her sights - we're hoping for the best possible outcome for our Irish friends, too!!
So much for traveling during a "quiet" weather season!
We'll hope for calmer seas soon.
Speaking of Ireland - artist Alan Dunne made us a beautiful poster for our October tour - check it out!
For the past few summers, I have spent time with a pair of excellent instrumentalists - Chelsea Czuchra, flutist; and harpist Lindsay Buffington. This September and October, we will be taking our show on the road as the newly-formed Damselfly Trio, performing some of the "classics" of flute/harp/voice repertoire, in addition to 3 brand-new commissions and one set of transcriptions. If you're in North Carolina, Ireland, or Northern Ireland, we hope to see you soon!
Much of my creative attention recently has been on my writing - I'm reeling toward the conclusion/culmination of my doctoral studies, with a research document focused on Roger Reynolds' Sketchbook for the Unbearable Lightness of Being, for self-accompanying singer. In addition to learning to sing and play the piece, and planning the electronic component (with esteemed composer and engineer Elainie Lillios), I have had the distinct delight of spending a few hours with Professor Reynolds speaking about the piece. Now, I'm tasked with taking all this new information, and trying to honor the composer's spirit by writing many many words about it! I have (much) work cut out for me.
In the meantime, I'm bursting to share a bit of news with you, but that'll have to wait - here's a photo clue: