Wow, it has definitely been 5 years since I made a blog post here. I had really intended to keep it up and write about all my various singing adventures. 2012 and 2013 were some crazy years for me: auditions, new roles, new cities and people! I enjoyed it all, and yet it was stressful, and at times very lonely. It can be hard to finish a rehearsal in an unfamiliar place and make your way back to the hotel room alone. At the same time, strong friendships can sprout up anywhere. I found quite a few lovely communities of friends in my opera casts. The classical music world is small, and the more you work, the more you run into people again and again.
At the same time as I was gigging around, I was also building my home in Houston. I felt very lucky to have a church job at St. Martin’s Episcopal which allowed me to leave and travel whenever I needed to. I was also teaching voice students at Prairie View A & M University, and they were similarly understanding and supportive of my opportunities. My friendships in Houston grew deeper, and I found myself happier to be home as time went on. At a certain point along the way I got together with my wonderful boyfriend. He had been singing at St. Martin’s since he was a teenager, and we knew each other for years before we truly knew each other. He is a treasure.
There is definitely a gulf between the bright young artist phase and the professional opera star with a manager phase, and I fell right in. Turning 30 was a big change for me, and I found myself shying away from young artist auditions and choosing instead to focus on local, professional work. I was teaching a lot and singing a lot, mostly in town. Life was steady, happy, good.
Then my boyfriend decided he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and go to piano tuning school. Now, there are not many full-time programs for this. In fact, there is only one, The North Bennet Street School in Boston. We talked, we saved, we planned, and we talked some more. We went through the most insane move, culminating in a hurricane on our chosen moving weekend (maybe a subject for another post? in 5 years???). It is October of 2017, and I type this from our tiny but adorable studio apartment. I have started the work of finding new students, and am teaching piano and voice one day a week in the most adorable dance studio. I have had a few little auditions and it looks like there may be some concert work on the horizon for me. Life is so different, and it will take a while to adjust, but I am very happy to be here. It is all too easy to stay at the same place, if it’s working fine, and keep doing the same thing. I am glad to have a partner to push me out of my comfort zone. Let’s see what we can do here!