The Voice Diary

The vocal journey of a young Soprano

Voice Teacher?!

In April of this year I finally graduated from Briercrest College with my B.A. in Music Vocal Performance. It was a long journey but I finally finished school. I feel blessed to have learned from such amazing professors who have poured their knowledge of music, the voice, and faith into me. At the beginning of the summer I had planned to work for just custodial for the next year, take voice lessons here and there, and just be involved in performances around the Caronport community. However I have been offered to teach voice at Briercrest to beginner singers in the high school and perhaps the college as well. I am very excited, nervous, anxious, and willing to learn and gain new experience.

Teaching is something that I NEVER thought I would ever get into, and to be frank I didn’t want to. Because I still have struggles of my own, I thought that I couldn’t be a teacher because I’m not perfect and sometimes I don’t have all the answers. And then it made me think of my previous teachers, men and women who are not at all perfect. I realized that just because I may not know EVERYTHING doesn’t mean that I cannot pour into other people. I have knowledge that if I do not share that would be selfish of me. I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to try my best and that is what I am going to do.

So even though I might be scared to death of the new beginning chapter, I am going to walk through the blank pages and let life begin to write down everything that happens. All I can do is let God write the story that He wants to write.

Joan Sutherland

An amazing performance of Regnava Nel Silenzio from Lucia. What a wonderful and beautiful voice. It’s very inspiring. I am in the middle of learning this beast of a piece and listening to this not only helps me learn, it helps me remember to keep practicing so I can get my voice to sound good in this song. Sutherland however, can never be surpassed in voice ever.

OperaRox!: Note to Self: 10 Operas that Everyone Should Know (from the Operarox! LiveStream)

helenakoonings:

  1. Aida - Giuseppe Verdi (1871)
  2. Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Gioacchino Rossini (1816)
  3. Le Nozze di Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1784)
  4. Tosca - Giacomo Puccini (1900)
  5. La Bohème - Giacomo Puccini (1896)
  6. Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1787)
  7. Tristan und…

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fantomas-en-cavale:

Maria Callas et Giuseppe Di Stefano dans La Traviata; photo par Erio Piccagliani, 1955.

fantomas-en-cavale:

Maria Callas et Giuseppe Di Stefano dans La Traviata; photo par Erio Piccagliani, 1955.

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iluvsouthernafrica:

“Music is something that we are born with,” she observed. “It’s like the African rhythm; it’s like a heartbeat. In Sunday school you will have to sing one song, and a little girl will start harmonizing it. Just like that, just by hearing. It’s that kind of world.” - Pretty Yende, 27 year old soprano from South Africa

“Singing at the Met, she said, “takes a lot of courage, but also a lot of humility, because people come from all over the world just to hear you. God knows why; people are going through a lot of things. We have this gift of music, and to be able to share that takes a huge responsibility. And probably I had to be reminded that I am entering a zone where I am actually going to be carrying that responsibility, and I should just remember to keep my feet on the ground.”

Ms. Yende credited her education in South Africa with giving her that grounding. “When you are young and hungry to learn, it is easy to lose your way if you don’t have the root already.” - New York Times, February 1, 2013

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operarox:

Classic.

Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle sing “Scandalize my name”

I just can’t get over this amazing vocal performance! Diana Damrau is an amazing performer and opera singer! Even the dialogue in the beginning is amazing and dramatic, I don’t understand it, but I love watching the costumes, the facial expression. Even if you don’t like opera, everyone should hear the amazing practice, technique, and passion it takes to sing a piece like this!

My Junior Recital! Here is the list of the numbers I sang:

Caldara:

Sebben, crudele

Selve amiche

Come raggio di sol


Mozart:

Porgi amorThe Marriage of Figaro


Schubert:

An den Mond

An de Musik

Lied der Mignon (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt)


Quilter:

Autumn Evening

April

A Last Year’s Rose


It was a wonderful night of singing and I am so thankful to have had the chance to learn and sing.

Photos by MSSeabrook Photography: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MSSeabrook-Photography/157020117673503