The Sing Portland! Blog

What if you could simply love what is?

What if you could simply love what is?

“Mama, can you tell me a story?”   My son says this to me at least three times a day. He’s at the age where he doesn’t really care what I tell him, he can’t tell the difference between Little Red Riding Hood (i.e. a published story) or something else that I make up on...

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Singing Expands Us – Literally

Singing Expands Us – Literally

When I saw the announcement for a workshop pop up in my email, I gasped. An opportunity to attend a choral conductor workshop in Cuba, placed perfectly in between two choir terms.   And then my brain immediately chimed in. “Who are you to go to this workshop? The kids...

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The most important element of singing

The most important element of singing

If you were to take a guess, what would you say the most important element of singing is? If you’ve had some singing training, you might think that it’s studying the music beforehand, or practicing. If you’re new to singing, you might think it’s talent, or training....

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The secret to the perfect musical performance

The secret to the perfect musical performance

From the outside, the Harvest Festival concert must have looked like the carefree family event was intended to be.   But if you had looked backstage just before the musical performance was supposed to start, you would have seen me and my musical therapy classmates...

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5 things vocal improv is … and 5 things it isn’t

Have you ever gotten so into something that you have a hard time remembering that other people don’t know about it as much as you do? For me, that’s vocal improv. Also called circle singing, it’s a key part of my teaching and practice. But I know that just the idea of...

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How I Overcame my Fear of Singing

How I Overcame my Fear of Singing

Today, singing is my life: I lead multiple Sing Portland! rehearsals a week, I take part in singing events, I even find myself singing under my breath as I go through my day.   I’m the last person that you’d think would have a fear of singing — but it wasn’t always...

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3 excuses you no longer have for not singing.

3 excuses you no longer have for not singing.

I passionately believe that singing regularly is one of the best things you can do for your life, not to mention one of the most healing, connecting things we can do for the world as a whole. And yeah, I get that it’s easy to say that. But I’m serious -- so serious,...

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Think choir is just a “nice to have”? Think again.

Think choir is just a “nice to have”? Think again.

There are several common things that people normally associate with choirs: singing. Music. Beauty, maybe, or those robes that some choirs wear. But you  wouldn’t associate choir with words like cancer. Miscarriage. Suicide. Heavy words, words that feel so big and...

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