Weary Wednesday

Wednesday evening, nearing midnight.

The Royals didn’t make it, alas.  But I’m so happy for the joy that has been apparent in my hometown.

I thought that once we passed Fall Break and the conclusion of Bonnie & Clyde, life would slow down a bit.  But as I’ve just posted on my school blog, the week has been busy.  Curriculum work continues.  Academic advising for Spring 15 is underway, and I have more advisees than ever.  We’ve had guest artists in this week from Vienna, and a major lecture last evening.  And Monday evening was the annual TKT Scholarship concert.

The College Music Society annual meeting is in Saint Louis this year.  I will attend the conference on Thursday morning, and again on Saturday.  Friday is a day away at Truman State for some adjudication of singers.  And Thursday noon is our annual scholarship concert where we present named scholarship recipients in concert.

Friday and Saturday and Sunday evenings are filled with concerts.  And I’m doing make-up lessons for four hours on Saturday as well.

I’m so thankful for a job, and thankfuller that I like my job!

Meanwhile, Samson the Feist is more neurotic than ever.  The fireplace is a welcome addition on this chilly autumn evening.  October is almost gone.

And life is rich indeed.


I am seeking promotion to the rank of Professor at Webster University.

Letters, my curriculum vita, statements of professional development and service, philosophies of teaching and of advising, and a binder of documentation totaling no more than 50 different artifacts — all this was due yesterday.

Much of my Sunday was spent finalizing my own documents.  This is a pile of work, but I had much of it still intact from my promotion to Associate Professor at Ball State University in 2006.  After I sorted through all the hundreds of items from my teaching career since August 1999 when I started full-time university employment, I had 72 artifacts.  Purging them down to 50 was chore.

One of the delights of this process over the past few days?  The very happy memories of so many concerts, and especially of so many individual students.

I’m so glad this over now, and in the hands of the Committee to Review Faculty!

In case one is interested, here is the list of artifacts: Documents in this section provide context for TEACHING.  And my current CV as submitted for the committee’s consideration: 2014 CV v3.

The weekend



Let’s see…..


Dressing room shenanigans on Friday evening. Thanks, Brendan.

Last performance tonight of Bonnie & Clyde.  I shall miss this show and this band and this cast.

Skype this mornign with friends in Asia.

A quick Costco run today.

Three hours of voice lessons this afternoon.

Dinner with D before the show tonight.



The Variety Club performance of Little Mermaid on Sunday afternoon.

Finish my binder for my promotion bid. (MUCH to do on that!)

Love some Samson time.

Cook at home for the first time in a week.

That’s my weekend….

Rainy NYC Wednesday


12.30 p.m. Wednesday.

K and I are camped in the hotel room.  Rain is falling outdoors.

I breakfasted this morning with Jennifer Johnson Cano, Webster University ’06.  She is singing in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera right now, with Hansel and Gretl and The Tales of Hoffman also on the docket this season.  We had a delightful and lengthy visit, talking about voice teaching and training, career development, and the good stuff happening in her life, in mine, and at Webster University.

More alumni work is on the list for later today, as are shows!


imageCarol Burnett and Brian Dennehy are currently starring in Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson (where I saw After Midnight in June).

We took in the matinee today.  Third row.  Just left of center.  Carol Burnett was wonderful, snappy, sassy, funny, and heartbreaking.  Dennehy was pretty damn good too.

The 90-minute show was perfectly paced, with delicious lines delivered with love and care.  The tears at the end of the show were unexpected, but heartfelt.


I dined on Wednesday with Kyle Acheson ’12, my first acting student who took voice with me at Webster University.  I’ve not seen him since graduation.   I have adored this guy from the moment I met him in 2008! He has taken a different path than he thought in 2008, but he’s successful and in the right place, and I’m proud of who he has become.

And the day closed with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best New Musical.  What a fun, crazy show this was!

Tuesday in NYC

Tuesday was a very full day in New York City.

I breakfasted early Tuesday morning with Dave Boonshoft and his wife Gina.  Dave is a Webster alum and strong supporter of the Department of Music.  We had a visit of substance at a wonderful restaurant in Chelsea.  My biscuits and gravy were to die for.

K and I spent a chunk of the afternoon visiting the Lower East Side.  We checked out the Sweatshop Workers tour at the NYC Tenement Museum (fascinating), ate dumplings at Vanessa’s Dumpling Shop on the edge of Chinatown ($4.50 including soft drink filled both of us up), looked at clothes in various shops, and splurged on eyeglass frames at Moscot Eyewear, and then then went on down to South Street Seaport to purchase tickets for a Wednesday matinee.

Dinner was with Jared Lotz and Audrey McHale, two alums of my voice studio at Webster.  We ate at Mercato on West 39th — truly one of my favorite restaurants in this beautiful city.

The Lower East Side is still somewhat a slice of old New York, by the way. I could live down there.

imageTonight’s show was Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town in a loving revival.  The winning cast, a stunning visual design, the celebration of an old-fashioned orchestra in a pit that the audience can see and enjoy, the catchy score filled with hummable tunes, the dated comedy that still works, and especially the presence of Jay Armstrong Johnson — these all combine to make for a pile of happiness and a truckload of feel-good.

K and I splurged for the Ambassador Club, which meant a private elevator, private restrooms, and a private lounge and drinks before the show and at intermission.  Now this is the way to see a show!

More scenes from the day:



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