New voice lessons, new teacher

I recently went to see a high school production of Phantom of the Opera. I’m sure some of you are like, ‘What? Phantom, at a high school? What is wrong with these people?’ But to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. The two girls that played Christine and Carlotta were shocking. Carlotta totally blew me away! I have never heard a high school student with such amazing technique. She was phenomenal! After the show I went to her and asked who her teacher and it turns out, it was an old teacher of Trevors. Barry Bounous is a part time vocal coach at Brigham Young University. I was super nervous about calling him the first time, but it turned out totally fine. He was really nice and called me back pretty quickly. So tomorrow I have a voice lesson with him.

Since I stopped taking lessons from Allison, I haven’t sung and to be honest, I’ve not had much interest. I always get so wrapped up with everything that I’m doing, that I forget about singing. For a while I was totally focused on writing my novel and left singing by the wayside. It happens. But now I need to get back into it because . . .

I’ve decided to audition of the Royal Academy Opera in London, England in the Fall of 2012. I know its a bit away, but thats when I will have finished my degree and be able to go onto my masters. Plus is like $30,000 for a year and we want to be able to afford at least a fraction of that.

But I’m super psyched! Wish me luck!!!!

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Photo shoot

The photo shoot went great! The cloths that Heather and I had gone to get at Platos were a smashing hit. Janelle, another sister of mine, agreed to be the photographer and I must say, she did a fantastic job. We took the pictures near a lake in the small community called Daybreak. It is a beautiful area with lots of nature and nice, fun people. As you can see in some of the picture there was a bridge that we took some pictures under and it was so cool because of the wind that was coming in from the north. I felt a little like Marilyn Monroe because my skirt kept flying up. We had a CD player with us and the only upbeat CD we could find was High School Musical 2. So I got to listen to Zac Efron and Vanessa Hutchens for a few hours…over and over! I loved the pictures that we took in the grass and by the trees. Jae did a fantastic job getting interesting angles and picking great shots! Thanks so much sis!

New Cloths!

I went shopping today with my wonderful big sister for the photo shoot coming up soon. It was so much fun to pick out cloths then try them on with her. I’m always so horrible at choosing outfits and figuring out what to wear with them.

We decided to go to Plato’s Closet, a consignment store right next to my apartment. This place has been such a jewel to me because I’ve been able to find some really amazing things there for really cheap and been able to get a ton of stuff! We both started in the middle in a section and work both ways until we had looked at everything. It was fun to look all the different shirts and think about the possibility of each shirt, each outfit. I could create myself in so many different ways, it was limitless possibility!

I got a few really great things that will work really well for the photo shoot and also on stage. So in the next few weeks you guys will see the great outfits we got!

Pioneer Program Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Just got back from the performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir doing their Pioneer Program. It was fantastic! They are so amazing. They did all the best hits of the last 100 years including Battle Hymn of the Republic, Hallelujah Chorus, 76 Trombones, and Come, Come Ye Saints. I got really emotional on their rendition of Amazing Grace. It started with four bagpipers with the melody then the choir started in after a little while. It took me back to Scotland, my ancestors home. I so wish I could go to Scotland with my husband and do research on my family. We were the McDuffs.

The Prophet/President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints was there, President Monson. He gave a short talk about the choir and how amazing it is. I TOTALY AGREE! I hope to some day get to sing with them as a member or as a guest like Sissel.

Hairspray Auditions

I found out a local community theater here in Orem was planning on holding auditions for their upcoming production of Hairspray Thursday and Friday. Now, understand that I have been looking forward to the auditions for quiet a while and waiting for them to announce when they were being held for a least two weeks. So when they were announced, you would understand my dismay because I am still sick with a head cold. ARG!

I was first introduced to Tracy Turnblat and her hysterical mother when I was in the performing group Young Americans. They had a few signature pieces that each new member had to learn and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” was one of them. I had a very love hate relationship with that song because while I loved the song, I was miserable in the group so I didn’t appreciate the song very much.

Then when the movie came out starting Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta I had a chance to see the show unadulterated and unbiased. I LOVED IT!! I saw it with my mother and older sister (being the youngest of the family, everyone is older then me!). We laughed so hard, all three of us were gasping as we left the theater. It is one the greatest shows I had ever seen!

So when the auditions were announce, I was so bummed because my voice is horrible and I didn’t really have anything prepared. Tear! But I am definately going to be seeing it when they open!

Singing with a cold…Ha Ha

I’ve been sick this weekend and when I tried to open my mouth to sing, it was like a dead duck trying to sing after life has left it. Nothing. It’s very frustrating! But I got some good work done on the show that I’m working on. I found this site where you can download pieces directly onto your computer. It was great! All these old songs that proved to be difficult to find were right there ready for me at the touch of a button. I love computers!

A few of the songs I’ve downloaded were:

All the Way-Frank Sinatra

Sway- Pussycat Doll cover

Feeling Good -Michael Buble

The Rose- Bett Middler

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andersons

Seriously great music! I found I’m a big fan of jazzy kind of music, which explains why I like Frank Sinatra so much! I also am in love with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They are so beautiful!

So now I’m learning to the words to those songs and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have my voice back and I will be able to sing again!

Oh you Blue Eyes!

Okay. I’m not very familiar with Frank Sinatra. I know, I know, how can I not be familiar with Blue Eyes and be a singer? Well, somehow I managed to totally missed that gravy train! But I digress…So I was looking for music that was really popular in the 50s and 60s and he kept coming up. I went through the list and started listening to his songs and HOLY COW! I love him!!

This is my favorite song and I wanted to share that with you guys.

I’m going to be putting together a show for music from the 50s and 60s and I’m defiantly going to be using his wonderful songs!

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