tar-of-show Erin Moran out of her wig, Nancy, & Mollie Moran after Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Nick Lormand and Nan
October, November, and December 2018
Hannah Richter was a student of mine in Denver for two years when she was in high school. She performed with 3 other people in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, through the middle of October. A reviewer had this to say about her after reviewing the other excellent performers in the show:
“Saving best for last is Richter whose extensive work in musicals belies her amazing facility as a nightclub chanteuse born a generation or two too late. From her first solo with a liquid The Way You Look Tonight to her measured phrase-by-phrase delivery of My Funny Valentine, her work is worth the price of admission.”
And, here is part of a recommendation letter to the Perry-Mansfield summer camp that I wrote for Hannah when she was 16—rather predictive, I think! :)
“Hannah has been taking voice lessons from me since September of 2006, and I am delighted to highly recommend her to you for the second time.
“I am convinced that, if she continues to desire it, Hannah will be on Broadway in a few years. Her voice has continued to grow, and her legitimate sound is quite impressive, to add to the belt that she had already perfected. Recently she won an audition at Cherry Creek HS, a huge school (4000 students) with a massive music program and stiff competition, and this young sophomore won the part of Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie against all of the older students. She will be in the Classical Singer Competition again this coming Saturday, and in the CO/WY NATS Auditions for the first time in April. I’m certain she will do well in both. Hannah will be a shining star on the wall in the near future!”
My former student, Heidi Deisch, who is now a music teacher in Ireland, posted this on FaceBook:
“First day back and all my exam students got Distinctions (11) or Honours/Merits (10, depending on their exam board). If that wasn’t exciting enough, one of my students also got the High Achiever Award from The Royal Irish Academy of Music! So proud! Can’t wait to set that bar even higher this year! (Clearly, I haven’t lost that competitive edge…) I have some great students! And they wouldn’t get scores like this without putting in a lot of their own practice time and work…so proud! (Later she wrote) Correction…12 Distinctions!!! One of my students collected her exam results over the summer so I didn’t see hers yesterday. Yay!”
Way to go, Heidi! They couldn’t do this without your inspiration and guidance!
The following is extracted from an email from my former student Maddy S.. Thought you’d like to hear how she’s applying her singing training in a different way! Way to go, Maddy!
“School's been good! I'm currently studying at CU Boulder to get a BFA in Theatre Design, Technology, and Management, focusing on stage management. So I haven't been performing in any of our main season shows, as I'm either stage-managing those shows or they overlap with shows I stage-manage. But I've been doing a couple of things for student projects. And I've really fallen in love with Stage Management. Its incredible to me the creativity that I have to apply and the new interesting ways I get to use the skills I've had. Like with my music training—I can hear when one or two actors are singing off key and point it out if the music director isn't around to catch it. It also so improves my show calling, it's not even funny. So I've been good.” Maddy
Here in Arizona, former student Ireland B. has just been in Seussical at Brophy Prep HS as a “Who”!
Alum Astrid W. sang at the Dreamland Charity-Gala for UNICEF in the Theater an der Wien in Austria, recently. She did Moon River with the Amadeus choir, and Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume, as a solo with a duet at the end. We’ll have time for three lessons when she’s home from Europe for the Christmas holidays. Looking forward to hearing how she’s grown!
Alexa B. sang for the Arizona NATS District Student Auditions, in all three categories, coming away with an Honorable Mention in Classical singing! The 17-18 year old categories are the largest of all of the categories (34 entrants), and extremely difficult to place in! Congratulations, Alexa!
Matt Murphy has been singing and playing guitar duets in Country-Western venues. He is working on creating his own material in addition to recording cover songs!
Catherine sang and her husband Joel accompanied her on guitar for a Korean wedding in Louisville on Oct 29!
The spring recital of May 18 will now be a Senior Recital—a culmination of Alexa’s vocal and acting studies, as well as the last recital in Phoenix before we move back to Colorado!
A group of voice teachers from the East Valley Music Teachers Association have gotten together to present a voice syllabus (theory, sight-singing, and ear-training standards and test) to the AZ State Music Teachers Association for approval for use throughout the state. In the meantime, EVMTA is joining with the Phoenix group to get it started.
Everyone is working on new material for our Spring Fling recital on May 4!
My engineer is doing final mastering work on my recording of Windmills of Your Mind that I did some time ago, but that we’d not included on my second album. It turned out pretty good! I’m still looking forward to doing more recording, and hoping that the medication following my (stage zero breast cancer) surgery mid-December will not hasten the end of my voice. I will still be able to teach, but performing could be curtailed… fingers crossed!
Please have a wonderful Christmas (or other) holiday! And here’s hoping for better things for us all in 2019!
ALL FOLLOWING DATES (EXCEPT NATIONAL HOLIDAYS) ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Green is Denver only, Blue is Phoenix only, Red is studio closed, White is everyone)
Sat, Dec 1—5th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
Mon, Dec 3—Happy Hanukkah!
STUDIO CLOSED DEC 19—JAN 4
Tues, Dec 25—Merry Christmas!
Wed, Dec 26—Kwanzaa
Mon, Dec 31—Happy New Year’s Eve!
Tues, Jan 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day)—6th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
Sun, Jan 20, 2 pm —DAMTA Student Musicale
Mon, Jan 21—Martin Luther King Day
Fri, Feb 1—7th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
Sat, Feb 2—Groundhog Day
Tues, Feb 5—Lunar New Year
Thur, Feb 14—Happy St Valentine’s Day!
Sun, Feb 17, 2 pm—DAMTA Student Musicale
Mon, Feb 18—President’s Day
Fri, Mar 1—8th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
STUDIO CLOSED SPRING BREAK Mar10-15
Sun, Mar 10—Daylight Savings ends
Sun, Mar 17—Happy St Patrick’s Day! 2 pm DAMTA Student Musicale
Wed, Mar 20—Spring Equinox!
Mon, Apr 1 (APRIL FOOL’S DAY)—9th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
Sun, Apr 14—Palm Sunday, DAMTA Student Musicale at Classic Pianos
Mon, Apr 15—Tax Day
Fri, Apr 19—Good Friday
Sat, Apr 20—Passover; Denver students rehearse with Stephanie
Sun, Apr 21—Happy Easter!
Mon, Apr 22—Earth Day
Sat, Apr 27—Phoenix students rehearse with accompanist*
Wed, May 1 (MAY DAY!)—10th of 10 monthly tuition payments due
STUDIO CLOSED MAY 3-8
Sat, May 4, 4 pm—Denver Spring Fling Recital & Potluck, Erin & Jason’s home
Sun, May 5—Cinco de Mayo, 1st Day of Ramadan
Wed, May 8, 10:30 am—Nancy sing at DAMTA Teachers Musicale at Classic Pianos
Sun, May 12—Happy Mother’s Day!
Sat, May 18, 4 pm—Alexa's Senior Recital at Nancy’s home
Sun, May 19 — DAMTA Student Musicale at Classic Pianos
Mon, May 27—Memorial Day
Tues, May 28—last day of lessons for contract year
STUDIO CLOSED May 29-June 10
Thur-Sat, June 6-8— ASMTA Conference: Tradition and Innovation, in Flagstaff
Tues, June 11—Summer Session begins
Thurs, Aug 1—Summer Session ends
Aug 13—Contract Year begins
Sept 7—Colorado Group Class