Saturday, August 4, 2007

My quest...

For the first time, in a long time, I feel like I can sing. While in Las Vegas this June, I had the opportunity to take a voice lesson with Jeffrey Skousen. It was incredible. I had no idea I could sing like that! It was also thought provoking. So now I remember that I can sing -- what do I do with it? I have also thought a lot about the path that I have been on and where I want to go. Thinking about all this has been pretty emotional and overwhelming. How do I balance my personal goals with my responsibilities as a wife and mother? Still not sure on this one. But I now realize that while all my classical training has been very helpful for my love of choral music, it didn't do a whole lot for preparing me to do musical theater. I have loved that genre for as long as I can remember, but once I got into college and chose to study choral music education, I was steered toward choir and opera. At BYU the music school did not play nicely with the music theater department. So for years, I have not pursued that passion of mine. I am not talking broadway or anything, but I would love to do some community theater as the kids get older. But first I need to get more comfortable singing this new style.

When I got back to Denver, I found a voice teacher that teaches the same technique that Jeffrey teaches. I had my first lesson with MaryAnn last week and I think it was very productive. I look forward to studying with her. Right now I am working on The Wizard and I from Wicked. It is so fun! It will even be more fun when I am really comfortable singing it and can rock it. I know this will be quite the process, but I am glad that I am finally moving forward with my dream. Another benefit will be how this will add to my marketability as a singer and voice teacher. I hope this quest that I am on will also help my students. I am sure there will be ups and downs, but I am glad to be taking some action. This will be an adventure...

2 comments:

The Cox Family said...

I think this pursuit of your is awesome and truly admirable! If you do end up singing for some community theatre or what not, i would LOVE to be there and give my support! (even if it means driving up from Littleton) :)

mom said...

Carli -- So happy you were able to finally start your voice lessons! I sense your concern for BALANCE in your desire for self-fulfillment w/ your wonderful voice and your need to nuture your family. Because of the gem you have for a husband, I think you will find that BALANCE will work out quite nicely. And if the Cox Family is driving fr/ Littleton to see you in community theatre, you KNOW we'd drive fr/ Oklahoma to see you!! Here Here -- keep on keeping on! And hug our grandbabies. love, mom p.s. nice choice: "The Wizard & I"!