Singing Handel in the shower
August 30, 2011

What’s a soprano to do when she wants to sing, but she has kids to raise and frankly, she isn’t being asked to sing anywhere?

She sings in the shower where the kids can’t find her and the acoustics are good.  I’m telling you, my soap has been hearing some quality work from me in the past few weeks…


Okay, okay, I have made a few moves in the right direction.


I got a score for Ravel’s Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme and I long to tackle it with a chamber group.  I finally worked up enough nerve to email a director I’ve never sung with and asked him if he would listen to me – surprisingly, he responded to my request with an immediate ‘yes’.  Of course, no word from the three other directors I emailed, but  I guess a 25% success rate is pretty good for cold-calls like that.


With no upcoming performances on my calendar, I am fearing the revocation of my ‘Professional Singer’ card.  But I think I’m in good shape, for the shape I’m in, which for the record, is a stay-at-home-mom with a degree of talent and a desire to do quality work with whomever will have me.  The fall is arriving, new music seasons are starting, and things will come up for me.  As Emily Dickinson said, I dwell in possibility – and  sing in the shower.