Oh beautiful May! For two decades you have ushered in the highest levels of anxiety, looming ever so devilishly amid a procrastinated school work-load; But this year, I will relax!
School ended for me on April 30! This is the first time in my life that I have not had school into May, and not just any school - May is a time that teachers and students alike procrastinate the biggest assignments and tests, making one last push to cram-memorize/cram-teach all that one physically can with as minimal sleep as possible.
Amazingly, my schedule in May consists of teaching voice lessons and a few awesome gigs. First, I will be a tenor soloist with Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at Washburn University in Topeka. If you are in the area, you should definitely come - large choir, orchestra, awesome soloists! Downbeat is 7:30 on Friday at White Hall on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka.
Also, I will be singing the National Anthem and Alma Mater for a graduation on Saturday, but my Sporting KC gig has been moved to June 16 - right before I leave for Pennsylvania. If you don't know, I will be singing the Canadian National Anthem at that televised soccer match.
Next week, I will be singing with the Kansas City Symphony at Helzberg Hall in their Education Series concerts. I am a very lucky person in that my first day (May 8), Aretha Franklin and I, share the same practice time at the Kauffman Center, so I am very excited to see if I can get an autograph, hug, photo, anything...
Then, I will be singing with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers at the end of May. We will be recording an album and we are hoping to submit it for some awards (possibly a Grammy!). I've never been a part of a process like that, so I am very curious to see the workings of a professional choir and a professional recording.
Last weekend, I was able to sing a recital in Salina, KS at the grand opening of the new sanctuary at the church I used to work at. I was met with great memories and the smiles from many friends. I miss those folks very much, and I was honored and excited to sing for them all in their incredible new sanctuary. In fact, if you are in Salina, KS and you are a musician, you must find a time to make some music in the sanctuary of University United Methodist Church. It is certainly the best music venue in town - I truly mean that. It is live but doesn't dampen the resonance, and even with a domed ceiling, performs very clean.
Also, last week, the 2012 Kansas City Vocal Institute Celebrity Auction ended. It was very successful, and I want to publicly thank my mother for all of her help, and thank all of the bidders as well. We are now able to provide over 100 more free lessons this year for underprivileged children and families in the Kansas City metro area!
Next time, I will be posting some pictures of the various events of this week as well as give you more info on the KC Symphony gig!
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