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I opened this blog in January, right after my final singing performance of 2010 (check out the page called “Caterwalling”). It was such a terrible video that I agreed to reprise the duet with my friend Loretta Haskell, owner and director of the vocal studio More Music Please, as Gatta Una in Rossini’s famous Comic Cat Duet as the finale to her studio recital February 20th:

At this time last year–and at this same recital last year–I debuted three of the four songs I would sing a month later at the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Auditions…and WIN, taking not only top honors but also scoring high enough to perform on the honors recital. Regrettably, I did not perform as well at the Regional NATS later last spring. (More on those later as I’ll write about my selections and what they meant to me.)

At that time, I chose to discontinue my study with Loretta, but she has graciously encouraged me to continue working on existing and new repertoire and continue debuting my newest work through her recital series. The next one will be August 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Christ Church in Mount Pleasant. I will be singing the second title character aria from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah: The Trees on the Mountain. Listen here to the recording I practice with the most (please ignore the bad accent; I won’t be doing that part):

It’ll be a wonderful cap to celebrate two years of working with Loretta. I debuted on the August 2009 recital with the first title character aria from Susannah: Ain’t It a Pretty Night:


If you've had my cooking or heard me sing, you've shared some of the happiest and most memorable moments of my life. But if you've been lucky enough to listen to me sing while I cook, well, then you've seen the real me. And if you've sung and cooked with me, you know what being loved by me is!

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