Studio Winners

On Saturday, April 15, my student soprano Kelly Collins, a senior at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, won second place in the state-wide NATS High School Festival Competition. Kelly has studied voice regularly with me since her sophomore year, and her vocal technique, knowledge of repertoire and language, and – most important – her expressiveness and…

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The Next Best Job in Opera if You’re Not Onstage

Last weekend, I heard a very interesting piece on WNYC ‘s  informative program, “On the Media”. This episode was part of their “Day Jobs” series. I tuned in halfway through the program and was entranced by a young woman’s beautiful voice speaking about opera. Thanks to online streaming (!), I was able to listen to the entire 9…

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The Quilting Bee

This may come as a big surprise to many of my friends and acquaintances, but I love quilting. I have always enjoyed various crafts, mainly involving textiles…long, LONG ago, I did decoupage (messy); then cross-stitch (tiny Christmas ornaments and finger towels – basically useless); yarn crafts (no, not knitting…never picked that up – I’m referring…

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“21 Years at the Met”

No, sadly I am not referring to myself. This is the title of a presentation by a former Met violinist, Erica Miner, which I heard on Sunday, March 19, at the Boston Public Library. The full title of the presentation was “21 Years at the Met: How I Learned to Love the Ring.” This event was…

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“Drawn to the Music”

This is the title of a lovely concert I heard last Sunday, March 12, at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy (a fabulous venue, by the way). This was part of the New Hampshire Philharmonic’s current season.  The NH Phil’s conductor, Mark Latham, always puts together unique programs and this was no exception. I was…

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Djawadi, Korngold, and Film Scores

On Monday night, March 6, I had a unique and most un-Janice-like outing to the TD Garden in Boston. Nope, nothing remotely sports related, rather a “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience”. I attended with a close friend who is a die-hard GoT fan (thank goodness, she was willing to drive to Boston, find parking,…

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I Love To Hear My Students Sing!

Every couple of months I schedule a Studio Class for 2, 3, or 4 singers. These classes have multiple purposes. For one, we work on repertoire with a goal in mind. For another, the class provides a valuable performance opportunity, however informal.  The students sing for each other, and a pianist is engaged so that I can…

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How I Celebrate Black History Month

I have had a subscription to Opera News most of my life. This started back in the 1950s when my Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Ross, semi-pro classical singers and opera fans, initiated little Jan into the world of classical music and opera. I will be forever grateful for that. I have kept a few of…

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Avocational Musicians in Love with their Art

Last Sunday (Feb. 19), I had the privilege of hearing a chamber music concert at the National Opera Center in NYC. Now, it may seem a bit strange for an opera singer to blog about chamber music…frankly, I know very few singers who give instrumental music a passing glance. I fell in love with chamber…

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