tar-of-show Erin Moran out of her wig, Nancy, & Mollie Moran after Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Nick Lormand and Nan
Current Lesson Openings: Accepting up to three (3) new students at this time!
Happy April Fool’s Day & Happy Easter!
Important Calendar Notes
My recent bout with atrial fibrillation and hospital stay wasn’t the greatest of fun! Thank you for understanding, those whose lessons have been rescheduled. There are more to come as I deal with this problem. My next medical procedure, takes place at 3 pm on Tuesday, April 4, so I will be unable to teach that evening. The studio will also be closed April 9-12.
If anyone has looked ahead to next year’s schedule, due to my elder daughter’s wedding celebration and a conference, I must move the normal November recital in Denver to October 7. PLEASE put this on your schedules right away!
EVMTA Spring Recital/Midsummer Night’s Dream
Astrid played Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare on March 24 & 25
Ireland will be singing at the East Valley Music Teachers Association’s Spring Recital at My First Piano on Sunday, April 1, at 1 pm. I will accompany her. Should be fun!
Phoenix Group Classes
In our Mar 4 class we played two different Music Bingo games, one round of dice notation, talked about the patterns of scales, 6/8 time vs 3/4, black-note playing, instruments from other cultures, and identifying keys from numbers of sharps and flats, all before singing a song for each other. Our next group class is Apr 29 at 1:30.
*(Extracted, paraphrased, from NATS Journal)
In addition to a warm-up, a “warm-down” using SOVT exercises (tongue trills, ZZZ, straw, lip trills) is particularly important for singers who sing in more athletically-oriented styles such as demanding CCM, opera, or music theater.
OFF-BEAT EXPERIENCES OF PROFESSIONALS TO LEARN FROM:
“Last night our mezzo soloist got sick during the Verdi Requiem concert (Houston Grand Opera) and left the stage vomiting into her music during a duet. She came back on and finished the number. She had to leave and come back three times during the concert. She was back to normal for this afternoon’s concert.” (Kathleen R)
THIS is a dedicated professional!
Looking for Monologues? Try these two links: www.ace-your-audition.com/monologues-for-teens.html and www.auditioningforcollege.com
Reece and I attended the Japanese Matsuri Festival in Phoenix in February, dancing on the stage after watching a demonstration, hearing a Taiko drum performance and getting to bang on one, watching sugar sculpting, being fascinated by the Bonsai display, watching Karate, and playing in the swaying strings of the 1000 cranes project. Fun time for us both! It wasn’t HOT yet!!!! Yay! (Unfortunately, that didn’t last—how does 94 degrees in the middle of March sound?)
My “Keyboard Singing” presentation for the East Valley Music Teachers Association piano teachers on March 9 (how to teach phrasing through singing) went really well, enough that I submitted it to ASMTA for the conference in June. I love doing these kinds of events. And it never hurts to have your own private technical support along! Thanks, Mel!
Starting in June, I will be the Yearbook Editor for EVMTA. This is not my first time, as I did both Greeley’s and Denver’s in the past.
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, Apr 1--Tuition due and April Fool's Day!
1pm, Sat, Apr 1—EVMTA Spring Recital
Sat, Apr 1—CO-WY NATS Auditions
Sun, Apr 9 —DAMTA Musicale, location TBA--Outreach performance
STUDIO CLOSED Apr 9-12
Sun, Apr 16--Happy Easter!
Tues, Apr 18--Tax Day
Sat, Apr 22--Earth Day!
1:30-3 pm, Sat, Apr 29—Phoenix Group Class
Mon, May 1--Tuition due and May Day!
Sat, May 5—3 pm Denver students’ Rehearsal with recital accompanist; NO LESSONS
Sat, May 5 , 4 pm— Spring Fling Recital in Denver at 400 S Williams St
Wed, May 10, 10 am--Nancy in Denver to sing at DAMTA Teachers Musicale at Classic Pianos of Denver, 1332 S Broadway, Denver 80210;
Sun, May 14--Happy Mother's Day!
Sun, May 21 , 2 pm—DAMTA Musicale at Classic Pianos of Denver, 1332 S Broadway, Denver 80210
1:30-3 pm, Sat, May 27—Phoenix Group Class
Mon, May 29—Memorial Day!
Tues, May 30—end of contract year—STUDIO CLOSED until June 6
(N: Entire month spent editing EVMTA Yearbook)
Jun 1-3—ASMTA Annual Conference and Honors Recital
Jun 6-July 29—8 weekly lessons Summer Session—Rate changes start
Tues Jun 13—bi-weekly lessons start
Sun, Jun 18—Happy Father’s Day!
Wed, Jun 21—Summer Solstice (longest day of the year)
Sat, Jun 24, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Mon & Tues, July 4—Independence Day celebrated
Sun, July 16, 2 pm—DAMTA Musicale at Classic Pianos of Denver, 1332 S Broadway, Denver 80210
Sat, July 29, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED—July 30-Aug 14
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2017-2018:
Aug 2-6—International Congress of Voice Teachers Conference in Stockholm, Sweden
Tues, Aug 15— Begin contract teaching year
Thur, Aug 17—EVMTA meeting
Sat, Aug 26, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Mon, Sept 4—Labor Day
Thur, Sept 21—EVMTA meeting
Sat, Sept 30, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Mon, Oct 9—Columbus Day
Thur, Oct 19—EVMTA meeting
POTENTIAL CONFERENCE: PAVA - Toronto Oct 20-22
Sat, Oct 28, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS Oct 29-Nov 13
Tue, Oct 31—EVMTA Fall Recital registration due, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Nov 3-8— Denver Recital (4th), DAMTA meeting (8th)
Nov 5— Daylight Savings
Nov 10 & 11—Veteran’s Day celebrated
Tues Nov 14—Classes resume
Thur, Nov 16—EVMTA meeting
Thur, Nov 23— Happy Thanksgiving! STUDIO CLOSED Nov 23-Nov 27
Sat, Dec 2, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED Dec 17-Jan 1
Sun, Dec 24— Christmas Eve
Mon, Dec 25— Merry Christmas!
Mon, Jan 1—Happy New Year, 2018!
Tue, Jan 2—Lessons resume for one week
STUDIO CLOSED (for Cal-West NATS) Jan 7-15
Fri, Jan 12—Travel to Salt Lake City, Utah
Sat-Sun, Jan 13 & 14—Cal-West NATS Regional Auditions in Salt Lake City
Mon, Jan 15—MLK Day, Travel home from Salt Lake City
Tues, Jan 16—lessons resume
Thur, Jan 18—EVMTA meeting
Sat, Jan 27, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Fri, Feb 2—Happy Groundhog Day!
Wed, Feb 14—Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thur, Feb 15—EVMTA meeting
Mon, Feb 19—Presidents’ Day
Sat, Feb 24, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Sun, Mar 11—Daylight Savings begins (Denver, set clocks back!)
Thur, Mar 15—EVMTA meeting
Sat, Mar 17—Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Tues, Mar 20—First Day of Spring!
Sat, Mar 31, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Sun, Apr 1—Easter
Tues, Apr 17—Tax Day
Thur, Apr 19—EVMTA meeting
Sun, Apr 22—Earth Day
Sat, Apr 28, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED May 4-9
May 4-9—N in Denver for Recital (5th), DAMTA Teachers Concert (9th)
Thur, May 10—classes resume
Sun, May 13—Happy Mother’s Day!
Thur, May 17—EVMTA meeting
Sat, May 26, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED May 27-June 4
Mon, May 28—Memorial Day
May 31-June 3—ASMTA Conference
June 5-July 28–-8-week summer session begins
Sun, Jun 17—Happy Father’s Day!
Sat, Jun 30, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
Wed, Jul 4—Happy Independence Day!
Sat, Jul 28, 1:30—Phoenix Group Class
STUDIO CLOSED Jul 28-Aug 13
August 14—start of 2018-2019 Contract Year