In anticipation of this coming weekend's Christmas Festival at Carthage, I'm going to post a couple of my own favorite moments. This one comes from December 1999 - which is back in the days when applause was allowed. This is how the concert began- with the men of the Carthage Choir singing from the
Here's a fun moment from my Junior Voice Recital, which I sang back in the fall of 1980 with classmate Annette Kirkpatrick (now Annette de la Torre.) Annette was a very assured and expressive singer who was SO much more comfortable in the spotlight than I was, so it was great for me to get
The day I'm posting this (November 25th) is the 11th birthday of my lovely niece Lorelai. In honor of that occasion, I thought it would be fun to share this fun moment from my 2013 faculty voice recital - when Lorelai took the stage to begin the second half of the program with "Popular" from
My song "Mercy and Love" springs from the Bible story of Jesus healing the ten lepers- only one of whom thought to return the Jesus to offer Him thanks. I composed this song back in 2004 for a former voice student of mine named Trevor Parker, inspired both by the beauty of his voice and
It was 40 years ago this fall that a young, slight, bespectacled woman at a radio station in Philadelphia first spoke into a microphone to welcome her listeners to a brand new program titled Fresh Air. There was nothing remotely fancy or complicated about it - just a host interviewing a guest. But that's more
Here is an interview I recorded some years ago with best-selling author Fannie Flagg. Those of us who are old enough remember her from her delightful appearances on "Candid Camera" and "Match Game" - but it's certainly as an author that she has become best-known in recent years for books like "Fried Green Tomatoes."
This amazing song is by 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi and comes from his song set Earth and Air and Rain, featuring poetry by Thomas Hardy. In this fascinating text, a man approaches the mysterious 'Clock of the Years' and asks that time be turned backward so he might be reunited with his
Here's a fun moment from my faculty recital from several years ago. This is the piece with which I began the second half of the program. It's a song from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - and you can hear for yourself how hard people were laughing.
Nothing like a Christmas song on a snowy day like today. This is my arrangement of the carol "Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" for treble voices - and this was a performance of it by Musici Amici ("Musical Friends"), all alums of the Carthage Chamber Singers, as sung for a concert at Holy
Over the last couple of months, it has been my great pleasure to reacquaint myself with the joys and delights of Mary Poppins, which is the next production at the Racine Theater Guild. I'm quite certain that I have not seen the film start to finish in at least 33 years. (I remember watching at