From December, 2011

The Impact of Pregnancy on the Singing Voice

“In 1999 I was newly married and in the midst of doctoral studies in voice at The Ohio State University when I discovered that I was expecting a baby.  As a student, graduate teaching assistant, and adjunct faculty member at another college, I was unsure how this would affect my singing and my performance obligations over the next nine months.  Shaken and insecure, I immediately forfeited an opera role scheduled for the following May…” This is the opening of my research article, “The Impact of Pregnancy on the Singing Voice:  A Case Study”, which appears in the January/February 2012 issue…

The 24-Hour Opera Project

Can an inspired opera be created in only 24 hours? This year the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner highlighted films from the 48 Hour Film Project, an idea conceived by two D.C. filmmakers, Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, ten years ago.  The mission was to promote film making and filmmakers, but the ancillary result was to build communities of locally creative people and to foster that spirit of creativity. The 48 Hour Film Project assigns willing filmmakers the genre, characters, prop, and a line of dialogue and says ‘go!’  The 24-Hour Opera Project, sponsored by the Atlanta Opera, pairs composers and lyricists and gives…

Top Atlanta Music Picks for the New Year

In January I’ll join ranks with Jimmy Paulk and Mark Gresham, writing classical music news and reviews for the ArtsCriticATL website:  http://www.artscriticatl.com/.   Vocal music offerings for the first quarter of 2012 look promising.  The Atlanta Opera will produce Peter Ash’s new opera The Golden Ticket (March 3-11),  Susan Graham comes to town to sing a recital with Malcolm Martineau at Spivey Hall (February 5),  and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony #2 “Resurrection” with soloists Nicole Cabell and Kelley O’Connor (January 26, 28).

Opera Education for Kids

Director of Education at the Atlanta Opera Emmalee Iden has created a study guide for Atlanta music educators to go along with the AO premiere of a new children’s opera called Rabbit Tales.  My 2008 review of AO’s Hansel & Gretel for Opera News is excerpted in association with a number of potential lessons that educators could implement within the classroom.  (link below)  Lessons included in the Opera Guide for Rabbit Tales are designed to correlate with Georgia Standards for elementary grades in English Language Arts & Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Health. Those from my generation will remember Br’er Rabbit from the Disney…