I will never forget the first time I heard my first complete St. John Passion.
I was in Leipzig, Germany at St. Nicholas Church, (pictured below) just a few blocks from where Bach lived and worked.... and hearing this piece in this space- was easily among one of my top five most musical thrilling experiences in my life.
Just being in Leipzig during the Bach festival was a highlight enough- and then to listen to this 7 minute aria of heartbreak and the plaintive longing expressed between the soprano and the oboe...in such an acoustic and historical place... It was unforgettable. Here, yesterday I re-lived that moment just a little bit when the insanely talented coach/harpsichordist Jory Vinikour played this little hit with me,
and we decided to record it.
German / English Text:
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.