22 Nov 2013

Part 1: Exercise to Help You Fully Integrate Breath Into Your Singing – Get On The Ball!

Singers who fully integrate their breath into their music-making find benefits in sound quality, clarity, stamina, character development, and even memorization. Why is this? Because the music is fully in and on their body. Today I share with you the first of a five-part series showing you different exercises to fully integrate your breath into your singing. Read the step-by-step instruction below and watch the demonstration video and then have fun applying the work to your song. Get on the ball!

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15 Nov 2013

Take Control of Your Performing Destiny

This week, I challenge you to take control of mastering the art of performing by committing to perform on a regular basis… monthly if possible. Take the idea of performing out of your head, out of the practice room, and on to the calendar – schedule it. In this post, I explain why it is important to consistently perform, and I also give you some ideas of venues.

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08 Nov 2013

Performing Tip: Use Scripting To Help Conquer Your Nerves

Let’s face it, performing can bring up nerves for even the most seasoned professional. Unfortunately, fear shows up at the most inconvenient of times and in the most obnoxious of ways….breathing becomes shallow, throat gets tight, mouth gets dry, lip quivers, or shaky knees…we have all been there. Before you give up the stage for good…there are ways to master your fear and perform with more confidence, and today I am going to share with you a 20-minute exercise that will help transform your butterflies into songbirds.

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25 Oct 2013

Breathing Exercise for Singing: How to Sing Louder With Less Effort

Do you wish your voice were louder?  Or perhaps you have a large voice, but find when you are singing loudly you are experiencing some vocal fatigue. Maybe there is a phrase of music that you need to sing all in one breath, but are having difficulty managing your breath? Surprisingly, the solution to these issues may be one simple exercise and today I am going to share it with you…

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21 Sep 2013

Cabbage Salad Recipe: A Delicious and Healthy Crowd-Pleaser

One facet of my Rejoice In Your Voice™ Complete Singer System™ is Body Connection. One way I nurture that for myself, and also encourage my students to do as well, is eating healthy food. In this post I share with you a delicious crowd-pleasing cabbage salad. The garlic, lemon juice, and cumin dressing is flavorful and light, and makes a perfect addition to a Mexican themed meal.  It is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Juliano’s Raw – the Uncook book. Enjoy!

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17 Sep 2013

3 Life Lessons From Brünnehilde

Stan asked me to come and photograph rehearsals of their upcoming production of the Mini-Ring – a four hour reduced version of the five day full Ring Cycle. Who would I be photographing, you ask? If only you could see my smile…right now…none other than international and national opera stars, several of whom have performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. Jay Hunter Morris, Lori Phillips, Richard Paul Fink, Sarah Heltzel, Phillip Skinner, Kevin Langen, Sally Wolf, and Joseph Hu. I was so excited to be with all of these wonderful people…and my expectations were exceeded. I went with a heart to learn, and here’s what this handful of Wagnerian Gods and Goddesses taught me…

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08 Sep 2013

Power of Choice: Be a Strategist not a Reactionist

Performance mind-set is really life mind-set. What we bring to the stage is how we live life, and for me, the more I understand myself and why I do what I do, not only will I better serve my art, but I will live life with more awareness and…that means more beauty.  I seek to share myself transparently with the hope that by living my truth you may find what you are looking for and we may share this very wonderful experience.

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