Sunday, December 30, 2012



“The word ‘education’ comes from the Latin word educere, meaning ‘to draw out.’ We are not here to feed information into our students but to bring out the abilities within then.”
From The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser

Saturday, December 29, 2012


My hubby and I just made it home from our winter break cross country trip to visit family and friends!  Our bird Robert “the Wonder Chicken” is a seasoned traveler and has been very good about these long drives even though he is pushing 22.  Christmas gigs are over now so we’re enjoying a nice week off and by “a nice week off,” I actually mean practicing a ton for upcoming gigs and auditions.

I’ve also decided to go ahead and go for a full marathon this spring, possibly the Big D marathon.  I’m also participating in my first “virtual race,” the Sandy Hooks Elementary Memorial Half Marathon and 5k.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Gigs

We had a nice Christmas pops concert last night with the Monroe Symphony.  This is actually the second time that we’ve performed with Ben Utecht, who is a former NFL player and is now pursuing a singing career.  It was a fun, upbeat program and all of the audience members that I talked to afterwards really enjoyed it.  I’m always grateful for pops concerts because they attract so many audience members who don’t usually attend the symphony.  I have another round of Christmas church gigs next week and I went caroling at a nursing home last weekend so it’s been a very musical December so far!

In other news, I’ve decided to run another half marathon this spring and will hopefully attempt my first full marathon next fall.  Wish me luck!