Fall is around the corner....but still hot and sunny here in Baltimore.
I recently decided to let go of my position at the Baltimore School for the Arts after 39 years...it was a bittersweet decision, but it is the right time to be venturing into new directions and leaving the theatre students in good hands.
I plan to continue teaching in many different venues, so there is no dearth of work for me. In fact, I just returned from leading the 2019 Australian Lessac Intensive, held at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia through the end of July. I am currently planning for a new Lessac Voice & Body Master Class in the Fall for Annapolis Shakespeare Company-- The Aware Actor, as well as continuing to offer private sessions in my own Studio--the Voiceworks. That class actually begins this next Monday, September 9. The two shows I am coaching, one is opening on September 9 as well--Love Sick, a new musical written and performed by Ofra Daniel, original music by Ali Paris, directed by Christopher Renshaw--is going to be fantastic. It will be performed through the month of September at Theater J in D.C. Hamlet opens at the end of September, produced by Annapolis Shakespeare Company, directed by Sally Boyett!
I still have an active music ministry at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Ascension, 'Our Lady of Bright View' Catonsville, and St. Leo the Great--all church venues I love to serve!
I hope to see you at one of these venues....
Newsflash: I did a radio interview with Singer/Songwriter and recording artist, Julie Carrick for her show--We Sing Our Faith back in October, and can be found on WMET 1160 AM. It can be heard throughout the nation on various stations, so check for it in your area! She featured many of my songs and I had an opportunity to share some personal stories as to how the songs came about. Here's the link:
Samson above, looking very regal...almost a formal portrait, isn't it?
Mom and Dad below at Brightview in 2012. They both look happy in this picture. The sad news is that Dad passed away in November of 2013, and Mom just a few months later in February, 2014. Only 3 months apart--seems like she didn't want to continue without him, and he was busy preparing her new domicile in Heaven. That's where they both are now--finally together. No more illness, weakness or sadness. She can see again (no more macular degeneration; and he can hear again (no more deafness due to a war wound), no more dementia--they think clearly and with huge insight--they are at peace in a place we can only dimly imagine. Save a spot for us, mom and dad!
New Mass of St. Anthony of Padua
My new Mass setting is now available for church use. Please call me at 410-987-4961 or email me if you would like to use this setting. I will have sound files available soon on my "Other Products' page soon!
I now have Skype available for voice coaching! Check out my Voice Studio page to find out more! Long distance is no longer an obstacle to voice improvement and building your voice-over skills or voice training of any sort!
I just love this picture of Deb Kinghorn, Arthur Lessac and me at one of our conferences not too long ago. He had to have been 100 at the time. Doesn't he look great--actually, I think we all look great!
Again, in light of the economy these days, I would like to try an experiment.
In the past, most churches and such venues expected to pay a set price for a concert of my music. I have always tried to make all my concerts affordable, but even so, sometimes it's just not in the budget anymore to bring in someone or some event that might enhance the life of the faith community. Well, how about sharing a concert for a 'free-will' offering by those attending? In this way, the church itself would not be bearing any burden for bringing something potentially exciting, rewarding and spiritually uplifting to parishioners. If this is something your church or faith community would entertain, just email me, or call me we'll discuss the possibility. My main goal has always been to share the music that God has given me to write, perform and record. That's the bottom line. So...what are we waiting for?
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