Artist's Thoughts

This is a place I will use to express my philosophy of art, my reasons I create art, my thoughts about music and the music business and the creative process and the process of singing and composing classical music in the 21st century. And, frankly, why classical music is still relevant, still necessary in the 21st century.

November 21, 2019

When training for an endurance event such as a marathon or a triathlon, one takes several days of rest before the actual race. This gives the body time to recuperate from the intense training, for the muscles to rebuild and for the mind to become ready for the big push...

November 14, 2019

To me, the final days before a major project always seem to be both compressed and lengthened in time. In this case, my upcoming project is the workshop performance of my opera, Imogen, by New Moon Opera Company on the 22nd of this month. Just 8 days away now. I wonder...

September 25, 2019

The name of my opera is Imogen, which is also the name of the main character. Imogen is a fairly uncommon name but not unheard of in many countries that used to be part of the British Empire. The name appears to have been invented by Shakespeare for the play Cymbeline...

September 7, 2019

Being an understudy can seem like it's the "easy" job. You get to add something to your resume and not actually have to do much work.

Except when you do. And you have to be prepared, even if you don't expect to be called to sing.

I'm currently the understudy to Magda...

August 25, 2019

A week ago, I sat on "the other side" of the audition table for the first time. As a performer, I have long been frustrated by auditions. I have often felt that I was passed over for someone who I felt was less optimal for a role or a position. A couple of those reject...

August 12, 2019

CW: Historical genital mutilation

"They???? That's a third person plural! How can I be expected to use THEY as a singular pronoun?"

I feel like I have had this conversation a million times now, but we do it all the time. If you find a phone at a restaurant, then you...

August 7, 2019

This post is in response to so many of the composer competitions, or calls for scores, or performance organizations for "new music" that are so explicit about wanting to promote new music that "pushes the boundaries of music and sound". And that phrasing always turns m...

August 2, 2019

Philosophy and purpose of “Imogen” 

(SPOILERS for a 400 year old play)

This post was also published with permission on the New Moon Opera Artists Journal.

I don’t remember the first time I thought “I want to write an opera.” As a composer who loves writing for the voice...

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