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Magical Events

Remember when you were a child, and you had your big piano recital right before summer break?  I loved those! Most family and friends did not, however. They were long. They were sort of boring.  But, not for me! I wore some wonderful fancy gown that was handed down to me from one of the Read More…

WILDNESS Part 2

As you may remember, The theme for this year in NOC Studio is “Wildness!.  So, I have to ask: What does being wild and free have to do with extensive and detailed planning? I must say it is paramount! So, I plan. I am planning lessons, Master classes, and events for NOC Studio up to and through Read More…

Where is Your Wildness?

I am encouraging wildness. Yes, I confess it, and I am asking you, “where is your wildness”? Where have you put it? Here in my studio let’s sing of wild things. Let’s conquer beasts, and slay dragons. Let’s be each other’s knights in shining armor. Let’s risk to find the wildness in our work. Let’s Read More…

Creating Your Own Sacred Space

NOC Studio artists are being encouraged to create a ‘sacred space’ for their practice. In setting goals for singing, one of my suggestions to the singers in the studio was to begin to create a sacred space for their own practice sessions.  It might include a whole room full of reminders of something that inspires you, Read More…

September is the New January!

Happy New Year, Everyone! Doesn’t Fall feel like the true New Year?  School starts.  Goals get set.  The weather changes and it is not as fun to be outside. You create your budget.  Now maybe if you are a tax accountant the New Year feels differently, but, let me tell you, if you have been Read More…

What I’m Reading Today…

On Breathing by Donna Farri When you were born your whole body breathed.  Every cell quivered with the vitality of the breath.  Every bone, muscle, and organ moved with every breath.  Every nerve was energized by it, every blood cell carried it, and every moment took as its meter the phrasing of your breath. Today, Read More…

Can You Hear Your Heart…?

Can you hear your heart speaking to you? What is it saying?  Is it shouting to get your attention?  What does it want?  What does it need?  How can you listen? What did you promise yourself that you want to see bloom this spring?  Those seeds planted back in the fall and spring should be Read More…

Storytellers All Are We

Last night I attended a production of “Little Women” at the Headwaters Theatre in North Portland.  Where is that?  Don’t ask.  But it is there. You must trust me on this. In a basement theatre next to the tracks in N. Portland, Oregon, amidst the mud puddles, gravel, and the grain elevators, there exists a theatre in Read More…

Musings of a Grateful Voice Teacher

Before I went to bed last night, I opened my bedroom window in anticipation of the rain that was forecast to arrive during the night.  This morning before any sun, I lay cuddled in my warm bed and listened to the welcome rain as it faithfully arrived. I felt it as if I were on Read More…

TONIGHT! NOC Artists (and possibly Lady Gaga) bring it.

How about that Lady Gaga at the Oscars?  Wow. I have to admit at first I was very suspicious that some of the von Trapp children would come dancing out from under her skirt at some point and sing a rousing “Do, Re, Me” …but it finally dawned on me that this was for real! She was Read More…