What a fantastic experience at the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, GA this past week. My hat is off to the winners, there was PHENOMENAL talent and UNREAL singing happening all over the place! I learned so much from watching my brilliant colleagues and also gained some fantastic friends! And what other competition can you watch so much vocal variety? By the way, serious SHOUT OUT to Annastasia Victory. Pianist EXTRAORDINAIRE! Check her OUT!
It was so valuable to receive feedback from the judges and also to participate in a masterclass with Kristen Blodgette, best known for being the conductor/musical director for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and touring productions for the past 27 years. Her feedback was extremely valuable! She helped me with Ado Annie's "I Cain't Say No"- and also "You Don't Know This Man" from Parade. What's more, is that Kristen seriously just the kindest and most sincerely genuine person!
Making everything even more lovely, I was able to visit family on my way to and from Georgia, in Nashville, including celebrating the life of a beloved Great-Aunt, and visiting my 98-year-old grandmother in Nashville, and catching up with cousins and old friends. I was SO fulfilled on this trip, I do not feel as if anything was 'lost', only gained! What a wonderful time.
Enjoy the performance below! My favorite, I think, is Star Dust. Looking forward to the next two competitions: at Harold Haugh Light Opera this Sat & Florida Grand Opera in April!
That's my motto!