November happened. December happened. And January has now happened and it has all been a blur!
I could not believe that I have not posted anything for over three months now, but then - I was so busy I could scarcely have found the time to eat or sleep!
As soon as we finished with the success of The Magic Flute 3.0 (A Space Opera) - in November,
with no time wasted it was time for two concert series with The Music of the Baroque~ Here's my favorite performance venue - St. Michael's in Old Town~
We had SUCH a great time, and created phenomenal music with some of the best musicians this world has to offer. Here's a post-holiday-performance snapshot:
Between this, and my private solo holiday performances and The All Village Singers' performances, it averaged about 6 concerts a week for about 6 weeks straight! -Not to mention the occasional audition or two, and attempting to teach all 35 of my brilliant students... Which brings me to them~!
They have just had two wonderful recitals this past week, here is a fun photo from one of them! It was so rewarding to see them all shine!
Needless to say, after all that busy-ness, it was time for a much-needed break. Trent (my husband) and I, and our friends, took off to Costa Rica for a week and had such a nice time.
Highlights? Zip-lining in the Cloud Forest was definitely my favorite thing. Also spotting crocodiles, iguanas, rare birds and other wildlife, and relaxing at gorgeous deserted beaches - an advantage to traveling post-tourist rush. It was so nice to travel -and not have the pressure to sing at the desired destination, such a rarity.
It was serenity at it's finest. Here are a few photos:
These post card perfect photos are a small glimpse of the beautiful scenes we experienced while we were there. Here is a photo of us after our river tour, my husband and our dear friends we traveled with~ We are a bit like the monkeys we met along our way, I'm afraid.
"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.