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 a teacher since 1974, as I have, September is the new January.

NOC studio is beginning the Fall session today,  September 19th, 2016 with a full roster of studio artists.  We will run this term until December 15th.  There is so much to look forward to! There are Master Classes to attend, public performances to prepare for like a Schubert Evening with NOC Studio Artists, or an evening of staged Broadway scenes called:  “I just have to do these!”  There is a recital for Studio Artists we have named: “Music the Voice Loves”.  There are brand new beginners this year in my studio, too, and I always enjoy getting a talented youngster started on the right foot, you know?

Auditions in Portland, San Francisco, Paris, and New York give many of my singers something to work toward.  Auditions involve deadlines, resumes, vocal samples.  There are lessons plans and chorale concerts and solos and trios and quartets to prepare for.  There are huge Messiah performances coming up, and so many other seasonal solos and concerts. There are compositions to write this year and college courses to teach.  There is a new opera company to run, voice lessons for a middle school roster create.  Don’t forget the NATS Fall Musical Theater Festival on November 5, 2016.  What a dynamic group of singers I am blessed with.

How can the studio artists handle all these things and keep juggling them up in the air? Some people think it is magic, and in a way, of course, the outcome can be magic.  But, you know what? We plan.  We do the best to plan, and, that is why I am sharing with my singers the ‘working draft’ of a portion of the book I am writing (more on that exciting endeavor later, dear reader).

These studio artists are resourceful and amazing, but, a little support in the planning department doesn’t hurt, you know.  Here is an example of what we are working on.

See what you think.

I Technical

“Technical proficiency is not something outside of yourself,

but something with which you become lovingly One.”

Noc 9/13/16

II Artistic

“Don’t try to present your art by making other people read or hear or see or touch it; make them feel it.

Wear your art like your heart on your sleeve and keep it alive

by making people feel a little better.

Feel a little lighter.

Create art in order for yourself to become yourself
and let your very existence be your song, your poem, your story.
Let your very identity be your book.
Let the way people say your name sound like the sweetest melody.”

Charlotte Eriksson

III Practice Routine

“We do not learn by experience, but our capacity for experience.”


IV Health

“There is no one giant step that does it.  It takes a lot of little steps.”


V Finance

“Your treasure house is within.  It contains all you will ever need.”

Hui Hai

VI Professional Development

“No one is alone, truly,

No one is alone.”


TODO: Make a shortcode that takes a list of photos and puts them in a carousel

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