Monday, November 18, 2013

Voice Factory

I am very excited that here at the Florentine, we are having our second "Voice Factory" tonight.  This is an opportunity for singers from our chorus to work on pieces with me and Scott Stewart, our Chorus Master and Associate Conductor.
It is great to have singers, some of whom are avocational, and some of whom are working toward a career in music come together to try to make the experience of performing better......there's nothing more rewarding than that for me!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What a treat

I just had the pleasure of directing La Traviata here at the Florentine, which I am happy to say was a big success.  Our principal artists were fantastic, and I was so pleased that our Studio Artists were able to perform important supporting roles AND see their more experienced colleagues (Elizabeth Caballero, Rolando Sanz, and Mark Walters) in leading roles. 
I think this is such an important part of the learning process - seeing what it takes to do a difficult role like Violetta up close and the physical, mental, and emotional effort it takes to do it well.  Also, working with our guest conductor, Maestro Mechavich was another important opportunity for artistic growth.
Any time you can take the opportunity to observe artists up close in a performance setting  - do it!
It will be an important adjunct to your other training, and will aid immeasurably in your growth as an artist.