Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winterfest 2015

Vocal Ensemble was invited to open the holiday season at Winterfest  (Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach).  We sang Christmas Carols, slid down the ice-covered slide and ATTEMPTED to ice skate.  Floridians trying to ice skate is one of the funniest things ever!!  They were really good sports. Several of them hit the ice and one injured a wrist, but other than that, a fun time was had by all!!

Until next time...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fair Share Deadline

In my world, students and their parents have to make an "education donation" so that we can run our program during the year.  Today is the deadline to make your final "fair share" payment to the FHS Choral Boosters for the year.

This student cleaned out her piggy bank to make it happen.
That's what I call dedication to the cause!!

Until next time...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

San Pablo Veteran's Day Ceremony

Vocal Ensemble singing "America"
San Pablo Elementary School
Veteran's Day Ceremony
November 10, 2015

Until next time....

Thursday, November 5, 2015

AICE Pinning Ceremony 2015

Ladies Chamber Chorus strutted their stuff at the AICE Pinning Ceremony this year.  They performed "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and brought the crowd to tears.  So proud of them!!

Ladies Chamber Chorus 2015

Until next time...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Night of the Living Dead

 Jesse, Jonathan, Paige, Jacob

 Jonathan showing off his make-up!! Awesome job!!

 "You can take the boy out of the Valley,
but you can't take the Valley out of the boy."
Palm Valley, that is.  Rock on, Kevin Brown!!

Fall Drama Production.  There were lots of my chorus kids in the show, but they were all dressed up like zombies and I didn't recognize them to take their photo.  Sorry guys!!

Until next time...

Nikolai and Andrew

Nikolai and Andrew
Playing Test - Keyboard I
"Lavender's Blue" complete with vocals

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Personal Steam Inhaler

So I'm a vocal coach and every now and again, I come down with something that negatively impacts my ability to phonate (produce sound) from my larynx.  That is problematic for someone in my field.  

When I was living in Southern California, I kept getting sick.  Whatever the creature was that latched onto me, it always landed in my respiratory system.  Tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, sinus infections galore.  After further research, I discovered that moisture in the airways keeps bacteria and viruses from multiplying and spreading, wreaking havoc with your vocal mechanism.  Drinking gallons of water keeps cells hydrated and is necessary for optimum cellular function. I'm no doctor, but I began to see where the root of my problem lay.

The weather is extremely dry in So Cal and I'm a Florida girl where we are drowning in humidity much of the year.  Once I realized what was causing me so much grief, I purchased a cool mist humidifier and ran it nightly in my bedroom so I could sleep.  This also helped relieve the "lizard skin" that had overtaken my entire body.

At that time, my sister was singing in New York and had discovered the Vick's Personal Steam Inhaler.  She said it had helped immensely and that I should try it.  She sent me one for my birthday decades ago.  She would be glad to know that I still use it when the respiratory bug hits.  I've been sick for the past 5 days and am still feeling pretty miserable. I am steaming my sinuses, pharynx and larynx several times a day.  I have not yet turned the corner, but am certain I am farther along than I would have been without the infamous "vocal steam machine."

Today is my sister's birthday and I felt compelled to write a blog post in honor of her special day.  We are forever connected by this little piece of equipment.  (BTW, I checked at WalMart last week and they still have them on the shelf...)

Keep a box of tissues handy when using this gizmo.  It will definitely open up your sinuses and bring relief from the misery all of us have experienced at one time or another.

Happy Birthday, little sister!!

Until next time...