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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Welcome and Informal Bio.

I'm a classically trained soprano turned experimental music singer. I live in New Haven with my husband, composer and bassist Carl Testa. In 2006, I wrote my Master's thesis, entitled "Adventures in Singing: Collaborating with Composers". Singing new music is my favorite thing to do, with opera a close second, followed still more closely by standards (usually in chest voice). I've also studied jazz and South Indian voice, and have experience with overtone singing, shape note singing, early music (but have little inclination to sing without vibrato), and pop. I can play a little tenor and bari sax; very, very little. I still study classical voice--mostly lyric coloratura repertoire--with Jean Westerman-Gregg in Woodbridge, CT.

Current and upcoming projects include a duo recording with Anthony Braxton, a large body of 20th century French art song with Neey Bruce, collaboration on a piece (or more? More more MORE!) with composer Chris McDonald, and duo project with my husband. I'm also hoping to commision a group of female composers (this could mean you!) for a solo show this summer, once I drum up the funding. This spring I will be performing in the Master's Thesis recitals of Wesleyan composition students Kyle Brenders and Eric Paul as well as performing a solo piece by Eric Paul for a James Tenney tribute concert.

To make a living, I work as a Catalog Assistant at Yale's Sterling Memorial Library. Next summer, I will begin working towards an on-line Master of Library Sciences from the University of Illinois, so that someday I can be an actual librarian, preferably a music cataloger, and make the big bucks. In addition, I am the soprano soloist for First Congregational Church of Waterbury, sing in the Connecticut Opera chorus, and take other gigs as they come.

Besides music and work, I'm compulsively domestic and am constantly seeking time to work on sewing, embroidery, and various "crafting" projects, and to cook decadent carnivorous meals for my husband and myself. I'm an avid bird-watcher, and a lover of pet rats, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and all other furry mammals. Finally, I am a fashion junkie and could easily fritter away all my hard-earned money on clothing, shoes, and makeup that hardly fit my lifestyle.

Thanks for visiting. Check back soon for new stuff; I'm just getting situated.

1 comment:

Dyllis said...

Interesting to know.