Well, I'm back from my summer adventures. Admittedly I have been back for nearly three weeks now, but I am just getting around to writing. I had a myriad of experiences ranging from wonderful, insightful learning experiences to downright awful working conditions due to personality clashes and planning problems. I am not going to talk about the poor experiences except to say that they were still learning experiences and ultimately I was glad I had them in the environment I was in and not in the professional world. The positives I can elaborate a little on.
The Opera Advantage program was designed to help the entire creative process rather than focusing solely on the voice. This is exactly what I was looking for and I knew upon seeing this program that I had to do it. I learned so much about the craft of performing and about myself that I am sure I have already forgotten more than I have remembered. Luckily, I have a journal and notes to refresh my memory. Among the most important and helpful things I picked out of this program was the process for building a character and also identifying the things in my own psyche that hold me back. The latter of these has been especially important moving forward, both for myself and for others whom I have shared this knowledge was. The most positive aspect of my time this summer has been a reaffirmation of my love for this art and my need to do it. During this summer I realized my vocation and that has made a huge difference in my reasoning behind everything I do.
In other singing news, I am starting a voice studio out of my home. I am targeting high school and avocational singers, so if you know anyone in the greater Rochester area that is looking for a person to take voice lessons with send them my way!
Admittedly languages took a back seat this summer. I have maintained my languages through my normal channels (people who I know that speak the languages I know). So while I have not regressed, I have not progressed. Hopefully, once the fall begins I can get back into my studies a little more.