Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spring repertoire assignments

Happy new year, folks! Following are your repertoire assignments for the spring semester. I've chosen repertoire with an eye to planning your recitals or half recitals, even though for some of you that might be years away. As always, if you don't like something, please say so and Dr. Yang Temko will help you find something else. Have one song prepared well enough for you to work for your first lesson with her. 

I've left copies of some music on my door to get you started: everything else is in my office or in the library, which you can copy as needed. Please remember to sign out any music you borrow, and return it promptly. This is your opportunity to exercise your research skills: get to know the library, online sources, etc. Look on this blog for links to helpful music sites and translation sites.

I'll miss you, but will be in and out of town and only an email away. Sabbatical dosn't mean I've completely disappeared. Have a wonderful semester and know that I love y'all madly!


Selina
Purcell's "Fairest Isle," "Tu lo sai" (in your Italian book) or "Sento nel core" (a copy for you is on my door), Handel's "Verdi prati," Dowland's "Now, O now" or "Behold a wonder here" (on my door), Schubert's "Liebhaber in allen Gestalten."

MK

Anything else from Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse, Handel's "Tornami," Strauss: "Kling!", "Breit über mein Haupt," Doll Song from Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rodrigo: last two songs from Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios.

Nole

Any of the remaining Songs of Travel, finish off "Avant de quitter," Fauré's "Au bord de l'eau" and "Automne," Brahms's "Sonntag," "Wie Melodien" and/or "Dein blaues Auge." If you plan to do NATS, check online for their repertoire requirements and prepare your choices accordingly. Feel free to use a few we've done this past semester.

Beau

"Gia il sole dal Gange" "Pieta Signore" "Danza, danza" or "Che fiero costume" (all in your Italian book: choose two), "An Schwager Kronos" (two copies are on my door for you).

Molly

Lotti's "Pur dicesti" (on my door for you) and "Intorno all'idol mio," Handel's "Va godendo" or "Non lo diro col labbro," Schubert's "Lachen und Weinen," Duke's "Little Elegy" or "I can't be talkin' of love."

Madison

Dowland's "If my complaints" (by request!), Debussy's "Nuits d'étoiles" and "Mandoline" (if time), Bellini's "Dolente immagine" "Labbandono" "Vaga luna" or "Per pieta" (pick two or more), Mozart's "Vedrai carino" from DON GIOVANNI.

Kristin

Purcell's "If music be the food of love" (copy on my door for you), Paisiello's "Nelo cor piu non mi sento," Schumann's "Widmung" (copy on my door), Handel's "O sleep, why dost thou leave me," Bononcini's "Non posso disperar."

John

No new rep, as we've designed your recital: start with anything we haven't done yet. By mid-January, you'll want to choose NATS rep and start running groups (or at least 2-3 songs) per lesson.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jury forms available

Dear students, congratulations on your juries yesterday. I was proud of each and every one of you. Your jury forms are available. I will be happy to meet with any of you December 11-12 or on Tuesday, December 16. Just email me and let me know when you'd like to stop by, and we'll go through your forms together. After this week, I am on sabbatical and my availability will be very limited.

Thanks, folks!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tiny Change #12: make a plan

Many of us go from emergency to emergency, rather than taking the time to plan what we really want to do or how we're going to do it. This week's exercise is to plan one little (or big) thing in your life, then execute that plan.

Let's say it's planning to study for your biology final next week. Think through exactly what material you need to cover and how much time it will take to really assimilate it. Then schedule that time into your calendar and stick to it. Does this feel different than pulling just cramming the night before the exam?

You can (and should) also do this with your big goals. What do you want to be doing five years from now? What do you need to be doing three years from now to know you're on the right track? One year from now? Then what do you need to do this month to get there? This week? Today? This could be a great New Year's Resolution exercise.

Write it down. There's real power in committing on paper. Even better: write it down, then share it with someone you trust to hold you accountable. That will be your contract with yourself.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tiny Change #11: Food Journal

Ahhh...Thanksgiving. A day (or a weekend) of gorging and relaxing. It's over now. Or is it? As a dear friend said over this past weekend, it's not what you eat on Thanksgiving or Christmas that packs on the pounds: it's what you eat in between those holidays.

But this isn't so much about weight. It's about how you feel going into the last week of classes. So this week's task is to keep a food journal. You can write it into your calendar, use an online journal like this one, or you can use my favorite fitness and food app, My Fitness Pal. The nice thing about the last one is that it calculates the calorie count (and other nutritional information) of everything you eat, including restaurant food.

The key here is to note just how much you're taking in, and how you feel at key points in the day. Do certain foods make you feel especially clear-headed? Gassy? Fuzzy? Tired? Congested? You may have never thought about it before. Now take a week to take note how you feel after a meal, a snack, at the end of the day. You'll probably start to notice a pattern.

You might realize that you're dragging in the middle of the day because you tend to eat cereal or simple carbs in the morning. Then you might realize that by 3pm, you haven't had any protein. If you'll be taking a three hour test at noon, you don't want to go into that test riding a sugar high. You'll never make it through that test with a clear head.

Realize, too, that you need to enter everything you drink, too. Water, sweet tea, Coke, pumpkin latte, beer. Every little bit: drinks count, too. You might be surprised just how many [empty] calories you're drinking each day, and they can add up before you know it.

Your body is YOUR machine. What are you putting into your engine? That's the question this week.

We'll check in later and see how you're doing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tiny Change #10: pick a hobby


It may seem ridiculous to suggest that you have time for anything other than upcoming finals, performances, juries, work, homework, and some semblance of a life, but you do.

Even if it's just 10 minutes a day, do something that gives you pleasure. Choose something that has nothing to do with your major, your work, your everyday life...just choose something you enjoy. Lose yourself in it. Notice how you feel afterward, and notice how your return to your work with a greater sense of purpose.

My hobby is calligraphy. I'm not as good as I used to be, but I've found coming back to it great fun. You could try painting, drawing, calligraphy, reading something not for school, or any number of things. Consider picking something you haven't done since you were a kid: you might find a special kind of joy in revisiting something that ignites your inner child. The point is to enjoy, not work at it.

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE at UAB

 UAB Opera and UAB Chamber Singers present a co-production of Donizetti's delightful opera, THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, sung in English. Performances are November 20-21 at 7:30pm in the Alys Stephens Center. For tickets, call 975-ARTS. Student and group rates available!