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I’m coming clean; Sing Portland! isn’t actually a choir

I’m coming clean; Sing Portland! isn’t actually a choir

We get together at least three times a week to sing. There are sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. There’s music. We give concerts and sing songs … if it looks like a choir, practices like a choir, and sounds like a choir, it must be a choir, right? Well…yes and no....

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This One Little Word Can Free You From a LifeTime of Regret

This One Little Word Can Free You From a LifeTime of Regret

“Well you’ve got some balls, don’t you?” I had just finished telling my friend how I’m planning to start a term of teaching Afro-Cuban music in April … just eight days after coming back from a trip to Cuba. I’ve never really sung Afro-Cuban music before. I’ve...

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Every Song Needs More than One Note

Every Song Needs More than One Note

Have you ever listened to a chant that’s just one note over, and over, and over again? Just imagine it in your head right now: one note, drawn out, forever. Sounds pretty boring (not to mention kind of creepy), right? Every song needs more than one note — after all,...

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What’s Your Inevitability? (Plus HUGE News)

What’s Your Inevitability? (Plus HUGE News)

If you had told me two years ago that the day would come when I would stand up and teach at the same event as Ysaye Barnwell, MaMuse, and Kate Munger, I probably would have laughed. The idea of being invited to teach the thing I love best in the world, alongside the...

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There’s no expiration date on singing

There’s no expiration date on singing

“Too late to start this now.” That’s what I heard over and over again when, at 31, I picked up a cello for the first time and decided to learn how to play. I started teaching a year later, and have now taught for 20 years. “Oh, that’s certainly too late.” That’s what...

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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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