The audience tonight was so fun. It's not every day that while singing you stroll around flirting, stroke a beard one second, and then smack a kiss onto a bald head the next. That was with "La Pastorella delle Alpi" by Rossini, --that sassy shepherdess. Don't worry, I cleaned up my act by following it with "Caro Nome". ;-)
Very Honored to have received the "Bella Voce" award at Chicago's Bel Canto Foundation, and I feel doubly honored to have received it again. Seems to be a theme lately, and I'm not complaining. :)
"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.