Studio Newsletter with Calendar

tar-of-show Erin Moran out of her wig, Nancy, & Mollie Moran after Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Nick Lormand and Nan
Dec 2019


Astrid competed in the New York Schmidt competition on Nov 3 and made it to the finals round, but, with a sore throat, didn’t place. She will get a check, however! Also found out from her mom that her intense schedule on Saturdays (Juilliard’s Pre-College program) goes like this:
1 hr ear training; 2 hrs vocal performance class; a break for coaching in music theory, or makeup lessons, or filming; 1hr composition class; 1hr psychologic skills of performers; 2 hrs diction; .5 hour vocal coaching. Her voice lesson is on Mondays, as the kids who commute need their lessons on Saturday (she lives across the street from Juilliard).
Phew! Long day! No wonder she got sick!


I am so sorry to announce the passing of my mentor and the founder of CoreSinging, Dr. Meribeth Dayme, at the age of 81, from ALS. Meribeth was so full of light and energy, and taught me how to access that for myself and my students. We will miss her and ever be grateful for her quest for knowledge and desire to pass it on to others. Rest joyfully, Meribeth!


 I’ve been “sitting in” via Skype on recording sessions with Matt Murphy, giving suggestions and thumbs-up and such! It’s such fun! We’ve recorded three of his songs, so far. More to come! Happy Birthday on Dec 21, Matt!


So glad to see and hear Stephanie Morrison at our Denver recital rehearsal! It will be interesting to see if our “Skype-in-your-songs” during our recital works! She has recorded her own accompaniment, and we will throw her image up onto a huge tv screen so she can participate with us! It’s a brand-new world where this is possible! Stephanie has just bought her dream piano (Steinway Grand) and is also applying for a job as a music minister! Good luck, Steph!​​


Erin Cooper  did a great job singing at 5 pm for the Musicians’ Society of Denver: Celebrating 100 Years, accompanied by Mallory. There were a lot of very talented musicians performing, and it was an honor to be included. 

Now that I’m a member of FCMTA, more recitals are available to Denver students (in blue on calendar) in addition to the DAMTA musicales on 3rd Sundays.

Tay Hamilton had fun playing a Ute-Cheyenne-Chicano-English character (which he actually is) in a spaghetti Western last month in Monte Vista! (Unfortunately, their cameraman had a seizure, so now they have to wait  to work on it again.) Happy Birthday on Dec 1, Tay!

Blair Whiteside and Max Kramer announced their engagement! Congratulations to you both! Blair is currently working on her Speech-Language-Pathology degree at UNC in Greeley, so we may get some visiting time in! —>

William Mason II was a Denver Film Festival photographer on the Red Carpet on Nov 2, so was unable to join us at rehearsal.
Personal Notes:

Failure is what Dashun Wang and his colleagues at Northwestern University call “the essential prerequisite for success”. It turns out that trying again and again only works if you learn from your previous failures. The idea is to work smart, not hard. “You have to figure out what worked and what didn’t, and then focus on what needs to be improved instead of thrashing around and changing everything,” says Wang.

For the holidays, I wanted to share my daughter Denise and son-in-law Ryan’s new laser-cut-jewelry store on Etsy..if any of you are looking for unique and reasonable gifts, go to and enter “DRKMade”, without the “a”…otherwise it won’t show up, as it is so new. If nothing else, it would help them for you to hit the favorite button!

​​Don't forget to check for changes to the calendar!

Cheers, Nance


Green is Denver only, Blue is Phoenix only, Red is studio closed, White is everyone)

​Sun, Dec 1—5th of 10 tuition payments due; Happy Birthday to Tay!
​Sat, Dec 7—Denver Fall Fling Recital and Potluck at Erin and Jason’s home
​Sat, Dec 21—Happy Birthday to Matt!
​Dec 22-Jan 6—STUDIO CLOSED for holidays—Merry Christmas!

Wed, Jan 1–6th of 10 tuition payments due—Happy New Year!
Sun, Jan 6—Lessons resume
Wed, Jan 8—Happy Birthday to Erin!
Sat, Jan 11, 3 pm—Denver Group Class at Erin and Jason ’s home,
Sun, Jan 19—DAMTA Student Musicale
Mon, Jan 20—Martin Luther King Day

Sat Feb 1–7th of 10 tuition payments due
​Sat, Feb 8, 3 pm—
Denver Group Class at Erin and Jason’s home,​ Happy Birthday to Alexa!
Sun, Feb 16—DAMTA Student Musicale​
Mon, Feb 17—President’s Day

​Sun, Mar 1—8th of 10 tuition payments due
​Sat, Mar 7, 3 pm—Denver Group Class at Erin and Jason’s home, Happy Birthday to Astrid!
​Mar 8-23—
STUDIO CLOSED, Daylight Savings STARTS; Nancy in AZ
​Sat, Mar 14—
Phoenix recital rehearsal, time & location TBD
​Wed, Mar 19, 2 pm—Nancy sing in
Spice of Life at Chandler Center for the Arts
​Thur, Mar 20, 6 pm—Nancy sing in
Spice of Life at Chandler Center for the Arts
​Sat, Mar 21—
Phoenix Spring Fling Recital, time & location TBD

​Wed, Apr 1—9th of 10 tuition payments due
Fri, Apr 3, 7 pm—FCMTA Adult Recital, 3633 Rocky Stream, Fort Collins, 80528
Sat, Apr 4, 3 pm—Denver Group Class at Erin and Jason’s home,
Sun, Apr 12—Happy Easter!
Tues, Apr 14—Happy Birthday to Bernadette!
Sun, Apr 19—DAMTA Student Musicale​
Wed, Apr 22—Happy Birthday to Eryn!

Fri, May 1—final tuition #10 of 10 due
Sat, May 2, 3 pm—Denver recital rehearsal at Erin and Jason’s home
​Sun, May 3—Happy Birthday to Catherine!
Fri, May 8, 7 pm—FCMTA Formal Recital, Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526​
Sun, May 10—Happy Mother’s Day!
Wed, May 13, 10:30 am—Nancy sing at DAMTA Teachers Musicale
Sun, May 17—DAMTA Student Musicale​
​​Mon, May 25—Memorial Day
​Tues, May 26—last lessons for contract year
​May 27-29—Colorado State Music Teachers Association Annual Conference
​Sat, May 30, 4 pm— Denver Spring Fling Recital at Erin and Jason’s home

​May 31-July 21—8-week Summer Session

July 22-Aug 8—STUDIO CLOSED​​