I love having performances on my calendar...it energizes practice with a clear goal and motivates me to make strong decisions about interpretation and stage movements. My days acquire an undercurrent of excitement as the day of each performance gets closer. And February is going to be a busy month! My fellow students in Professor Eberle's studio and I are performing on concerts on February 8 and 17, I have a solo recital on February 16, and I am performing as part of the University of Iowa's "A Little Lunch Music" series on February 22. Add to that a few more summer program auditions and a full schedule of coachings for La clemenza di Tito, and I will be singing quite a bit! Detailed concert information for all of these events is available on my home page.
I just got back from my first ever trip to Chicago! I had great weather, clear and cold but not freezing, and it was fun to get a feel for the city as I navigated to and from the audition location. I figured out how to use local mass transit, mistakenly called the Chicago river a "canal," which made my local friends laugh, and got to sing a few arias for the directors of the Seagle Music Colony. Crossing fingers that they liked what they heard!