Sunday, June 7, 2015

Coming full circle: a transition back to music

I hinted in a previous post that there were changes afoot, and now is the time to share some personal information. I've held back from sharing professional information on my blog, because this is a hobby blog and I have felt strongly that it's important to keep that part of my life separate. I still feel that way to some degree, but I have some big changes coming and I would like to share them.

When I began this blog in 2008, I was, professionally, a musician and music teacher. I'm not going to bog this post down with too many details, but for a variety of reasons, when we moved to Washington, DC in 2013, I had to give that up for a while and work a non-music, non-teaching office job. It was more challenging than I had imagined, and I think that was a big part of why I had such a hard time with DC. I am sure that my distaste for Our Nation's Capital is in many ways my transferring my dissatisfaction with my life here to a dislike for the city itself. Regardless, I have been unhappy in DC, and DC will soon be in my past. I'm thrilled to be able to be returning to music in the fall, when I will return to my alma mater, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, for graduate school. We're moving back up to New England in a couple of months (HOORAY!) and I will be a full-time grad student. I hope to return to performing and teaching in the future, once I am a Master of Music. (What a strange term, but I'll play with those words.)

I am a classically-trained improvisational singer, and I explore many styles including jazz. If you are interested in taking a look and a listen, here are a couple of links from two of my favorite performances in the past couple of years: Both of the arrangements are my own, as are all the performances in each of those video playlists. In the future I hope to have a professional website to share, with more recordings and videos.

The next few months are going to be a big time of transition for me, as we do a long-distance move and I switch from working in an office full-time to being a music grad student full-time. I am looking forward to this change more than I can possibly put into words, so I won't even try to articulate it. I do hope to continue with this blog and all my mail habits as best I can, though I may be exploring the possibility of ads on this blog. I will apologize again for posting less than I had hoped throughout the past year - auditioning for grad school took up a lot of time and energy, and I kept that under my hat for a long time! - and I thank all my blog readers, both longtime and newcomers, for staying with me through the journey.

In the meantime, I'll keep writing letters and postcards, and I promise - the next post will be back on track and mail-related!

10 comments:

  1. Wow....I'm impressed...thanks for sharing what's been happening with you...I hope the best for you in the move and your studies...very cool beans indeed....I listened to your two videos...I hope you can post a few more of your singing...
    Kathy and Alice

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    1. Thanks, Kathy and Alice! I appreciate your kind words and support.

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  2. Selfishly I am very happy to hear you will be coming back to New England! I have missed you from RI!!

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  3. Wow. You have serious talent. I'm happy for you. A bird has to sing, and take wing, or die and never fly.

    You've shown us a side of you I never would have imagined to be yours. You have awesome vocals. Congratulations.

    And, wow, again.

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  4. "Summertime" is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy - it's one of my favorites, too. I see you've explored my playlists - thanks for your interest and for your kind words!

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  5. This is great news for Music as well as yourself. I wish you the best of luck and a smooth transition back to New England. Positive thoughts coming your way from Olde England!!

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    1. Thanks very much for your kind words, Ralph - I appreciate it! (I also get a kick out of the Englands, Olde and New.)

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