What a debt we owe to those who have come before us! I am very honored to have the chance to sing the music of the great African-American composers who will be featured on the annual Black Composers program. The music speaks or should I say SINGS for itself.
I love school, really I do! But towards the end of the semester when everything is due and due at the exact same time, things start to get a little hectic. But I truly believe that what I am doing will be well worth it in the long run. At least this is what I tell myself when I am up late typing papers and such:) I also recently had my DMA Chamber Recital and it was so nice to have so many people assisting me with that project. I was so proud of everyone and at the end of the recital I felt very happy about it. The music really touched me. Singing is an art and I respect the work and discipline that goes into and along with it. So ,congratulations to me and all the other students out there who work hard for what they love! A very special congrats goes to my brother, who will be graduating this Spring. So proud of you!!!!
Now that Christmas break is fast approaching, I have to figure out my next moves. I am hoping that I am granted an audition at a few of the places I have applied. Competition/audition application and travel expenses are not for a financially-strained graduate student such as myself! Yet, I still feel that even if I don't receive the results I am looking for, it is important that I continue to apply for these opportunities. Being an 'artist' is by no means a just 'sing and relax' career. (At least for me it hasn't been.) Actually a person needs to be pretty business-minded to succeed. I've been learning this as I progress through the academic track. All of my experiences hopefully will bring me closer to my dream: a sustainable performance career!!
Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season!!
So now that my recital is completed. So now that my recital is completed!! Yes, I had to say that twice because that was a major undertaking and I am so happy that it has been sucessfully done. My pianist and I worked so hard and it was very gratifying to finally have the chance to step back and hear the applause of the audience. What made my recital even more special was the presence of my mom, brother, aunts,uncle, and cousins. And my church family. It feels great to have that behind me and now I have to work towards my next steps...
When you have your health, you are truly blessed! I realized this more fully this summer, after a health scare. So now I am trying to recover, relax, reflect, learn more music, enjoy the presence of my family, and plan my future:) Maybe things are not how I would have expected, but I believe that everything will work itself out.
So you want to be an opera singer?? Who would have thought that this would be the road that I'd choose. But then on second thought, I guess it is pretty obvious that I would be involved in music. I have been singing and playing piano my whole life and the more I started thinking about college majors, only one seemed to be the right choice. It's funny though, because people will see me and wonder if I am a rocket scientist or something because I was a nerd in school:) ( I love nerds!) But you actually need many of your wits when it comes to singing opera. Just tackling the language can be a task, but then don't even mention the artistic elements that must be incorporated. But...... I wouldn't have it any other way!!!