tar-of-show Erin Moran out of her wig, Nancy, & Mollie Moran after Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Nick Lormand and Nan
Alexa B. gave a great Senior Recital on May 19! She sang a half-hour’s worth of lovely songs, ending with cheers and many bouquets from her audience! Alexa started studying with me a little more than 4 years ago, on 4 May 2015, when she was only 12 and in the 8th grade. I’ve loved watching her bloom and grow through her high school years! Her current plan is to continue with the studio in the fall while she attends Mesa Community College to get the basics done before pursuing a psychology degree, elsewhere. Well done, and congratulations, Alexa!
Astrid was asked to return to a second callback in NYC for Juilliard’s Pre-College Program—lessons with their faculty throughout her senior year of high school. If accepted, she will move back from Austria to New York to attend one of three possible schools—LaGuardia, Sinatra, or Professional Children’s. We’re excited to learn what is next, Astrid! Best of luck!
Congratulations also on graduation from the University of Colorado, Denver (my alma mater, also) to alum Sabrina B.! She plans to go on to grad school for a masters in accounting!
On May 23, my former student Pablo Alberto Romero-Ordenana sang arias and duets from famous operas at the Sanchez Aquilar Theatre in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in a joint recital with soprano Viviana Rodriguez. Nice! Pablo was part of my studio in Stapleton (2004-2008) and went on to study at CSU in Fort Collins, CO. He has performed principal roles often with the Loveland Opera Theatre, among others. I’ve joined him in three productions—first was the opening of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Center, when we got to stand together right behind Metropolitan Opera star Renee Fleming, and I snuck a champagne glass to her for our ending song, Libiamo! A second time was when he was the lead of LOT’s Elixir of Love, and the third was when I played the Nursemaid when he had a lead in LOT’s Gondoliers.
Matt Murphy continues to work on his country-western songs and doing gigs, while Alexa is taking a summer break before returning in fall when she starts college.
What a great time I had with all of you at the Spring Fling! Everyone sang well and comfortably, and had moments of brilliance, as evinced by Sammie weeping in the back row, throughout! I was so impressed! And thank you, again, so much to Erin and Jason for hosting my visit! Great hosts, great venue, great time!
I have ATTEMPTED to create the schedule for the coming year, below. Please note the calendar changes. I will update you regularly as things change!
Health is slowly improving for us both, and boy is growing like a weed. In fact, I call him that!
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, June 1—Tuition for June due
Tues, June 4—Summer Session begins
Sun, June 16—Happy Father’s Day!
Sat, June 22—Happy Birthday to Stephanie!
Mon, July 1—Tuition for July due
Thurs, July 4—Happy Independence Day!
Sat, July 28—Summer Session ends,
July 29-Aug 12— STUDIO CLOSED
Mon, July 30—Nancy’s 74th Birthday
Thurs, Aug 1—1st of 10 tuition payments due
Wed, Aug 7—Nancy’s grandson Reece starts Kindergarten
Tues, Aug 13—Contract Year lessons begin
Sun, Sept 1—2nd of 10 tuition payments due
Mon, Sept 2—Labor Day
Tues, Oct 1—3rd of 10 tuition payments due
Thurs, Oct 31—Happy Halloween!
Fri, Nov 1—4th of 10 tuition payments due
Sat, Nov 2—Denver Fall Fling recital rehearsal at Erin & Jason Cooper’s home
Sun, Nov 3—Daylight Savings ENDS
Nov 8-13—STUDIO CLOSED
Sat, Nov 9—Denver Fall Fling Recital and Potluck at Erin and Jason Cooper’s home
Nov 24-Dec 2—STUDIO CLOSED for Thanksgiving break
Sun, Dec 1—5th of 10 tuition payments due; Happy Birthday to Tay!
Sat, Dec 21—Happy Birthday to Matt!
Dec 22-Jan 6—STUDIO CLOSED for holidays—Merry Christmas!