Choral fun and games

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

The City of Dunedin Choir has been practicing Bach’s Mass in B Minor for a performance on the 16th of April. Sadly I won’t be performing due to being mid-flight home from the USA, but I’ve been going to rehearsals anyway because it’s such a big work that I thought it would be good to learn it now. Who knows, I may have to sing it in the future, in some other choir.

It’s not the easiest choral work I’ve ever sung, that’s for sure. It really stretches my range (mostly at the high end but occasionally even the low), and Bach clearly wasn’t at all concerned with what would be easy to sing, just what would sound good. And it does sound good – at our rehearsal on Tuesday we practiced the Credo in unum deum, and it was lovely.

(The last section in this video is a duet so not performed by the choir, but it’s lovely all the same)

When I visit Boston I will attend a choral concert of Victoria and Poulenc works, which I am really looking forward to.

And it was announced that the premiere of the Virtual Choir 2.0 will be in NYC on the 7th of April – – – – – and I got a ticket! I’m so excited. I will get to meet other virtual choir members and potentially Eric Whitacre himself.

My life is pretty cool



March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

So much BS. So. Much. BS.

Long story short, some people shouldn’t have blogs. Particularly the kinds of people who don’t have internal editors reminding them that it’s not ok to write abusive things about people you work with, even (especially?) on the internet. And the kinds of people who never, ever, ever admit that they’re in the wrong.

And when people like me stand up for what’s right, we’re thanked by being treated like trouble makers.

No. You know who the trouble maker is? The Nasty Person who wrote the Nasty Crap on their blog.

Hey Nasty Person, you know who’s actually destroying your professional reputation? No, not your victim, it’s YOU. Good job. No-one could have done better.

First-time long-haul

March 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

To my shame, I have never travelled further than Australia in my 23 years. This is about to change in a couple of weeks when I fly to the USA to visit the two universities I have been accepted to, in an attempt to choose one over the other.

My decision is harder than I expected it to be.

I am sure that once I have visited both places I will know which place I will be happier in. The reality is that I have two very good options! Nothing to complain about, for sure.

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