Highlights in Montreal

Published on septembre 14, 2009

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-Going into the practise rooms at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and having to WAIT for a practise room. It is so refreshing to be around people who care about perfecting their artform.

-Opera McGill. The program is set up exactly to make us be able to succeed in the business, which is something I would not have expected from a school. Every week we will have an audition class, repertoire class, Tai Chi, Acting class and one-on-one acting. At any time, there might be a ‘surprise visitor’ in our audition class who is someone influential in the opera industry.

-Rediscovering the joy of singing in a choir. I took the last year off of choir, and now that I am being paid to sing as a choir member, it seems like the most beautiful thing to sing with the people that you are learning to be a soloist with. Now, it is not the fact that I am getting paid, but just being made to feel like my time is valuable to the choir in a tangible way is so wonderful. And the people of the church are really special, I am so happy to be at St. Andrew and St. Paul.

-My bike route to get downtown… once I get to Park, it is smooth cruising down Mont Royal through beautiful green Jeanne Mance Park with a great view of the huge buildings of McGill and downtown Montreal. This bike ride never fails to invigorate me.

-Yoga, swimming, Tai Chi, and salsa… I am so active and I feel so good!

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Pour répondre à la question : "Est-ce que vous chantez toujours ?"

I have learned that there is a difference between my physical voice, and my voice in the broader sense. I have mastered my physical voice – all the nuances, the breaking points; learned the ways my voice likes to move and blossom. There is freedom and joy in the practise of using my voice in that way on stage. But I needed something more.

La magie de la vulnérabilité : Un an de sobriété

Inspirée par une petite puce en plastique argentée qui se trouvait dans ma poche et qui portait l'inscription "Women in Recovery" d'un côté et la prière de la sérénité de l'autre (et par mon téléphone rempli de nouveaux numéros), j'ai découvert un désir en moi que je ne savais même pas que je voulais avant d'entrer dans cette réunion. Je voulais me retrouver.