January has been a busy month in my studio! After I spent most of my time in December performing, it was a wonderful change of pace for me to get to sit back and enjoy watching my students perform.
On January 14th, I held my first ever studio recital. Thanks to all the hard work of the students, accompianists, and my family, it went extremely well. For many of my students, this was a trial run for ISSMA solo and ensemble contest. The program included:
American Lullaby (Liz H., Soprano)*
Homeward Bound (Kayla W., Mezzo-Soprano)*
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes (Janice B., Harp)
The Water is Wide (Becca K., Mezzo-Soprano)*
Someone Else’s Story (Melanie B., Soprano)*
O Danny Boy (Beth C., Harp)
American Lullaby (Emily G., Soprano)*
O del mio dolce ardor (Jen P., Mezzo-Soprano)
My Favorite Things (India W., Mezzo-Soprano)*
Yesterday, January 27th, was ISSMA contest. I had ten students enter, and they received nine gold medals and one silver! In addition to those students marked with an (*) above, these students also performed:
Into the Night (Meg G., soprano)
Charmant Papillion (Cera T., soprano)
O mio babbino caro (Anna B., soprano)
O Isis und Osiris (Charley P., bass)
Congratulations to everyone who competed this year. It’s a nerve-wracking experience, but it does get easier every time you do it. Both Charley and Cera competed at the Division I level, so their gold medals qualify them for the state competition in Indianapolis later this Spring.
I also have several new students who have joined my studio this month. Welcome to:
Sophia S., piano
Tiffany R., voice
Dana M., voice
Randy A., voice
Jennifer S., voice
Keep up the good work – you have all made me very proud, and it is an honor to work with each one of you!