A couple of years ago, I moved to the US for work. It was a great move, and one I will never regret because it brought me so much joy in the form of my career, friendships and growth as a person. I immediately did what I do when I move to a new place – found a basketball team and a choir. Generally these two things will make me feel at home anywhere and it helps me make new friends with similar interests. 🙂
After a few months, I decided I should try taking voice lessons again. I’d taken some in Ottawa and had studied for a few years when I was in high school in preparation to go into vocal performance, when I did a last minute switch up and went into Computer Science instead – everything happens for a reason! I really missed the challenge of classical singing: using your whole body as an instrument, dealing with weather, sickness, emotions, analytical thoughts, complex music, foreign languages, acting, being vulnerable on stage and making it all look easy. Sounds a bit terrifying, right?? Terrifying and awesome. I’ve now been studying with my teacher in Annapolis for just over 3 years, and it has been an incredible journey thus far – he has taken me to heights I never thought I could reach.
Last night was one of those times. I had the opportunity to sing in a studio recital where we performed some of the most glorious music ensembles from opera. The great stuff – Lucia, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Faust and Don Giovanni. Wow. I was SOOO incredibly proud of my fellow studio singers and my teacher, who acted not only as fellow performer, but also conductor, coach, stage manager, and more. He’s incredible!!
Everyone did so well and it was so much fun to sing together! I was happy to address a few of my own demons (there is always something as a singer), and I think I finally felt comfortable singing some pretty difficult repertoire. Outside of me tripping up the stairs before the opening number, we’ll call it a win. 😉 I still have a long way to go on my journey, but last night felt like a solid step in my learning and growth as a classical singer.
Enter the post-performance high, which I’m still riding this morning. There is nothing like performing, feeling great, chatting with people after and then riding the wave of happiness. And then using that happiness as inspiration to fuel more hard work. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to get at some Italian and singing studies! Thanks for reading and have a great week!