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I felt ill all last night - scratchy voice and sore throat, not to mention sinus pressure from hades - and woke up a hair's breadth from Hades. I was pleased to see that both roommates were gone when I got up and tried to practice for the audition....

Wow. The noises that were coming out of my mouth resembled nothing remotely close to music.

Showed up for the interview, confident in the fact it wouldn't take more than five minutes - I would go in, croak out the Star Spangled Banner (for lack of any other idea of what the hell to do), stand judgement, and leave.

It was fantastic. I've heard nothing but RAVE reviews about the instructor, April Duvic. She had me do some warm up exercises in order to ascertain my vocal range. Apparently, I have a VERY wide range. Who knew? She all but begged me to sign up to be in the women's ensemble next quarter because she desperately needs more altos. She said that if I sign up for either her ensemble or the Clark College choir, the instructors (her and Trousdale, respectively) will pay a stipend. The benefit of Trousdale's class is that "he's BRILLIANT... off his rocker, but brilliant." (I already knew this. Hee.), he pays more of a stipend (considerably more, apparently), and there will be BOYS to sing with. Hers has a lot more training involved and more of a one-on-one type training, less of a stipend, but I would be able to get more out of the class all together, methinks.

She said that I have fantastic potential to have a deliciously classical voice and that she would love to teach me. I'm currently on a waiting list behind about six or so people, and the students currently in her training get first crack at the open spots; however, because I'm enrolled in music theory/ear training, that boosts me up considerably (and I was the only one on the waiting list whose telephone number she obtained.)

If I get approved for the class, I have to learn a song in English or Italian to put in front of a JURY (which will consist of all the music teachers - Duvic, Trousdale, Appert, etc.) and perform. They will then pass judgment as to whether or not I pass the class and can move onto the next section. No pressure.

I learned a lot in that little twenty minute session - she helped me with stance, singing posture, etc. I was reminded that I desperately need work on my breathing technique and rhythm.

I get to sign up for classes tomorrow, so more of an update when that happens.

My throat is really killing me now, though I feel it's been exercised properly... plus, I'm sick. I love drowning in phlegm. Tasty, and thick enough to spread on toast.


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Feb. 28th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
it's so funny that teachers are always so excited to find an alto. i always felt like i wasn't *good* enough to be a soprano or something until someone pointed out that anyone with an annoying enough headvoice can pass as a soprano, but being an alto takes talent.

suck on that, sopranos.

...what, me bitter? never!
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Altos rule.
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Every voice requires just as much work as the others. Being a soprano has absolutely nothing to do with having "an annoying enough headvoice" or anything. It's simply what you were born with or not.

No one voice type is more or less special than another - if you can communicate with your voice effectively, then it's a special voice.
Mar. 1st, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
you're funny.
Mar. 1st, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
What I am is someone who has put a lot into my own voice (coming on to ten years now to get it worked out and start getting some professional success), and someone who has worked with a lot of other people to help them use them use it.

And for the record, also someone who started as a mezzo and came to realize that she was a soprano, despite actually WANTING to be a mezzo. :P

"being an alto takes talent" - any voice takes talent. You are what you are, and if you're a mezzo, you're a mezzo, and god knows, there's a whole shebang of mezzo rep I couldn't sing on my best day...and there's a whole bunch of rep I sing that the average mezzo couldn't do, either.

It's pretty damned insulting to insinuate that others, because of having a different voice, didn't have to work at it, or do anything out of the ordinary.

And yes, I'm a fucking bitch, and fully aware of it. :)
Mar. 1st, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
you're being even more funny in your oversensitivity! tee hee.

good for you though. still don't care for most sopranos, they usually turn out to be extra specially fucking bitches ;)
Mar. 1st, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
That is, someone who has helped a lot of other people learn how to use their own instrument.
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
How did you know that's my favorite snack? Phlegm on toast. MMmmm, good. Heh.
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!

Good luck with the singing. I've been getting quite an education on it because my daughter has been taking voice lessons for the last few years.
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Wow - that's pretty cool! ^_^
Feb. 28th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Good deal with the interview! That's wonderful, especially when you went in not feeling like you had much of a voice!

Now go drink some hot tea for your throat.
Feb. 28th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)

The cleverness of the title, because you have a FEVER! AHAHAHA I LOVE IT!

Also-- we all knew you were talented, being on your former company's Christmas deal and all, also! OMG. Anyone with the bravery to attempt the star-spangled-banner (difficult by design, requires enormous range just to COMPLETE it, but you did WELL)... wow. Your talent keeps coming and coming.

Sorry about your throat, but so many congratulations! Anyone that's been following you long enough knew that you were MORE than deserving of such kudos, and CONGRATULATIONS that it is finally coming to frution!!


Your Bjorkian Kindred
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
The one great thing you have going for you? Your voice is pretty much near the point of maturity, so what you have is what you have. There's no guesswork involved, and no worrying about what you will be and whether or not you're doing the right thing.
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
she said very much of the same thing :) I've thought about you lots lately, as i was going in for my audition and stuff!
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Awww! *hugs you*

For what it's worth, I think anyone who is interested in singing should have a few traditional technical lessons at the very least. You don't have to sing Puccini to benefit from proper support, good diction and an understanding of how your vocal and breath mechanisms actually work. :)
Mar. 2nd, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I know I can't sing for shit when I've got a head or chest cold, so congrats to you for kicking ass! :D
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