Friday, June 12, 2009

New York Trip Day 1

WOW! New York is BIG! It's pretty hard to describe unless you are here, but I am having an awesome time so far with a few exceptions.

My day began at 2:45am when we drove to the airport in Kansas City. The computers would not let us check our luggage so we had to do everything manually and we almost missed our flight. We were literally running through the airport to our terminal at 6:30 in the morning - a lot like "Home Alone 2". We got on the plane in time and arrived in New York around 10:30. However, there was one problem, the Kansas City Airport left one of my bags back in Kansas City and I have not received it yet. I am getting somewhat upset so hopefully I will have it by tomorrow afternoon.

After sitting in the airport forever, we were picked up and taken to Sarah Lawrence University and checked in, met the other people attending, had a meeting, and ate dinner. One surprising thing about the people attending was that they were of all ages, not just my age. They probably ranged from 20-50, and came from Russia, New York, Vancouver, Japan, and all over. Another thing (close your eyes Dusti) almost everyone attending were women, and Sopranos nonetheless which means that it will be a loud week. And the only guys attending are all tenors and range from lyric to heldentenor (very interesting for sure).

My voice was really high by the evening so I chose one of my hardest arias to sing at the "Death by Aria" concert, mainly because I wanted to do it while I could easily accomplish it. So I sang "Dies Bildniss ist bezaubernd shoen" from Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute) by Mozart. It went very well and there was a distinct murrmur from the back rows as the faculty cooberated. I took that as it must have been very successful. Hopefully, it was. But the rest of the concert was amazing. I just feed off the musicality of all the musicians, it was one of my favorite concerts ever; these singers are amazing.

But, now it's time for bed...and I am ready, I have been up WAY too long!

Tomorrow's Schedule: Saturday 6-13

Lesson with Audry St. Gil - vocal coach for New York Opera Society and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris - 10:40

Alexander Technique Introduction - 1:30-2:30

Great Singers seminar - 3:30-5:15

Audition Recital with Ken Benson - Vice-President of Columbia Artists Management - 6:45-9


  1. Babe,

    I am glad to hear your first day was good. Sorry about the luggage. Must be something with Pinkall luggage that says "Loose me".

    I'm very proud of you, Bryan. You never cease to amaze me.

    Love ya,
    Dusti Jean

    P.S.: Thanks for making this blog. People at church will want to know what you are up to so this will make it easier to explain.
    P.P.S.: Take the time to lock your door at night. Since, I am not there, that lock is the only thing keeping all the sopranoes from fawning over you.

  2. LOL, Dusti! Better sopranos than baritones! See what you have to look forward to when you become a Pinkall in a few weeks...lost luggage everywhere you go.

    Bryan, sorry to hear about the luggage. Call the airline first thing in the morning and also make sure the front desk at the dorm knows to expect it and/or sign for it.

    It's great that your first day was so exciting in spite of the luggage. Sounds like you sung very well. Dad and I are so proud of you and wish we could be there. Take it all in and don't forget to video tape a little if you have time (assuming your video camera wasn't in your luggage!!!).

    Thanks for keeping us informed. I know you are short on time and appreciate the extra effort you are going through to let us be part of this even though we are back here in Kansas.

    Love you,

  3. Hi, Grandma here. It is a beautiful day here and since we have the doors open we think we can hear those sopranos all the way to Kansas. We'll hear "other" musicians at the River Festival today. Like your parents we really appreciate you taking the time to write, It is as close as we'll ever get to what you are experiencing.

    love, gma


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