Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Special cheers today for my Mum, @[1282672557:2048:Phyllis], who has defined grace, love, generosity and courage for 91 years.  As always, I am blessed and humbled.  Happy Birthday!!!!!!!  <3Today is the 91st birthday of my dear friend, Phyllis Curtin, opera diva, amazing teacher, wonderful woman.

Happy Birthday, Phyllis!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Last evening I had the great pleasure of attending the senior recital of my voice student, Katie Weiser, in Sweeney Hall at Smith College. Katie studies voice with me and with Jane Bryden, and coaches with Jerry Noble, who accompanied her last night.

Together, Katie's 'team' have been helping her prepare the program she presented last night. Here are Katie, Jerry, myself, and Jane following the concert.

While it's not considered good form to brag about one's students, I am going to do it anyway. Katie simply took command of the stage and sang a beautiful program. Rossini, Wolf, Fauré, Handel, Barber, Duke, Hundley, and Gounod were all represented on the program and all were very well sung.

Katie has worked long and hard with her teachers and her coach to bring this program to fruition. Any performer needs talent, but you also have to do the work. Katie has the talent and did the work. It resulted in a standing ovation at the end of the concert.

Here are Katie and Jerry on stage in Sweeney Hall last night. Bravi!