Fall 2019 project: JITC School of Creative Arts: Voice Classes

Take a look at a new teaching endeavor I am taking on this fall: group voice classes with Joy In The City’s School of Creative Arts. Teresa Miller interviewed me about this endeavor a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to see my students’ progress take place. Take a look!

Why do we need music?

Why do we need music? This is a question I have a hard time convincing myself the answer of. Strange to say, seeing as I am a musician and a singer, and I spend hours – countless hours – listening to music, thinking about music, talking about music… I’m listening to music now as I write. (“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + The Machine* if you’re wondering.)

The answer to this question continually eludes me; but it shouldn’t. I’ve been a pianist for years. I’ve been studying opera for the past five years. I’m an organist for two churches for the past two years. Shouldn’t the answer be self-evident? Why don’t I have this instantly convincing answer for myself as to why I’m continually drawn back to this art form that I have sacrificed many aspects of my life for.

You may think, “Oh – Annette, you obviously must love it so much since you can’t stay away!” That is not necessarily the case. I don’t love music unconditionally. Some days my ears are so tired that I pray for nothing but silence. I’ve hated pianos, pipe organs and operas to the point I’ve vowed I would never sing or touch the instruments again. (Obviously, these fickle sentiments didn’t remain a permanent fixture.)

But, certainly, I love listening to music and that’s what draws me back every time. I make sense of my life and my story by finding just the right song, lyric or motif that seems to reveal some part of myself to me.

Perhaps, in an abstract way, and not in a way I can empirically prove to you, musicianship and artistry is a need for me, as it tells me something about myself, my story, my life and my place in the world.

Stay tuned as I continue to search out the answer to this question.

“I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.” – Gustav Mahler

* Currently listening to…

New Projects

Happy New Year! To start off the New Year, I will be looking at the roles of Curra and Preziosilla from the opera La Forza del Destino by G. Verdi to perform with Center Stage Opera. The Current Projects link has been updated to reflect the new roles under study.

There is also more exciting news on the way with my own professional development, please stay tuned for the official announcement! Have a wonderful beginning to 2017!

New Media

Hello all! I have added two new videos to the media page; video recordings of American Art Songs “Another New Voice Teacher” by Andrew Thomas and “The Star” by Martha Hill Duncan. Click on the link for the media page to view the videos. I have also updated the performances page with the Faust performance dates.

Faust Performance Dates

Hello all!

It turns out I will be performing the role of Marthe Schwerlein in Faust instead of only covering the role with Center Stage Opera. These are the dates but please note they may be subject to change due to casting/venue details: I will be performing on November 12th and 13th in the Philadelphia area, and November 18th and 20th in the Harrisburg area. Please check the attached poster for details on locations and times. Please join us for our performances of Faust!