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03/03/18

Wow! I had my audition for Manhattan School of Music on March 1st. I feel really great about how I did and was told by one of the judges that it was the best that they heard me sing, yet! I was terrified because when I woke up, I had a TON of sinus drainage and my run through with the accompanist didn’t go so well (He was amazing, I just sounded HORRID). I had another short coaching after that and sounded much better. By the time my audition came around (*ahem* at 6PM), I was spot on! I was so relieved! The next day, however, didn’t go so well. My voice was completely gone! I didn’t oversing, it’s this stupid sinus infection! I’m just glad it waited until the day AFTER my audition!!!!

Now it’s just a waiting game to see what happens! Until then, I’m using whatever time I have to coach and see more shows at the Met! So far I’ve seen La Boheme and Madama Butterfly. Monday I’ll be seeing Elektra and Tuesday will be Semiramide. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Being here in the city is pretty magical. I know it’s cliche, but when I’m at the Lincoln Center watching operas, I can’t help but get teary eyed. I’m here. I’m actually going to be doing this. I’m terrified, yet so stinking excited at the same time!

I’ll keep you all posted with my adventures during this trip!

– Christina

Back to NYC!

02/27/18

Well, that didn’t take long! I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board back to NYC. This time, I’m auditioning for my MM at Manhattan School of Music. This is something that I need to do in order to further my career in Singing. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified about going back to school. It’s pretty scary….. especially if it’s in NYC. These guys don’t mess around, and I need that extra shove to get me to where I need to be.

Be sure to follow my music page on Facebook! I will post again when I leave the Big Apple! ✈️🗽🚆🎼

– C

It’s been a while…

12/29/17

Hello all!! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve posted on my blog! I won’t let that happen, again.

A lot has been happening! I’ve had a few great auditions and a few not, but that’s part of the process. 🙂

I went to NYC for a week and a half to coach with some of the most amazing people ever. I am continuously grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities that have come my way and for the wonderful coaches, teachers, and supporters that have been on my side since day 1. This is most definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done and it wouldn’t be possible without these people!

I have applied for Grad School at Manhattan School of Music and I’m still waiting to hear back from my amazing audition for the Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. Once I hear something, I’ll be sure to post it on here ASAP! I can tell you one thing, though. My husband and I LOVED NYC!!!!!! Either way, we know we will be happy wherever we land.

Thanks again for all of your support! Don’t forget to check out my Upcoming Events tab for more updates!

<3

Audition Season is Coming

8/18/17

Prepare yourself - Brace Yourself audition season is coming

This basically sums it up! 😂

I have a couple of auditions coming up in the next two weeks. The BIG ones will be happening in October….. So much to do! So little time!

I’m about to wrap up a show I’ve been working on the last few weeks (Aida with the Culver City Symphony). We had our main performance last night, and this Sunday, I’ll be singing the role of the High Priestess, as the original cast member and the understudy will both be unavailable, as well as singing the chorus in a concert setting. Details are posted in the Upcoming Events tab.

That’s really all I have for now, but when I have more details about said auditions, I’ll let you know!

Christina

Life after IYDV

8/7/17

Well…. I was planning on posting throughout my duration at IYDV, but we can all see how that turned out!!! 😂

They for sure kept us busy and on our toes! I might go into more detail at some other point, but I can seriously say that this experience has been one of the absolute best in my life. Being able to walk into classes with some of the top notch professionals in this business and to learn from them is beyond surreal. ESPECIALLY from Ms. Dolora Zajick, herself!

During this time, I participated in two different masterclasses. The first one was Dolora Zajick’s the first Saturday and I performed Dich Teure Halle. I WAS SO STINKING NERVOUS!!!!! To stand in front of a room of other phenomenal singers, yet alone staff, and perform a piece like that? I was shaking in my boots. More so when Dolora started walking towards me afterwards…. LOL! It turned out to be absolutely amazing and I’m actually going to be working more with her outside of the Institute.

The second class I participated in was for Mr. Thomas Muraco, who is an amazing pianist, conductor, and faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music. He wanted me to perform “Oh patria Mia” from Aïda, but I’m not quite ready for it, just yet. Gotta get that high C solid! So his second choice was “Come in quest’ora bruna” from Simon Boccanegra. It was a piece I had set aside to learn at a later time, but why wait?! I learned this piece one day before the masterclass. Thankfully, I was allowed to use my music! I learned SO much from this class!!! I had a breakthrough in finding the focus in my voice, which I’ve been struggling with for quite some time. Anywho, again, an amazing class after a particularly rough day. Lots of tears were shed before AND during the class. In good ways!!!!

Anyways, that’s all I give you for now. The biggest thing that I can say is that this whole experience has been so inspiring and I have made so many new lifelong friends, let alone colleagues. Feel free to ask me anything, if you’re curious!

<3

IYDV 2017

7/16/17

It’s finally here! I’ve been waiting since March for this day to come and the wait is FINALLY over! It has been a very interesting past couple of weeks, that’s for sure.

We are all meeting for the first time tomorrow morning at 10AM for our orientation and straight from there we go into rehearsing with an accompanist for our in house audition. This audition is for the faculty so they can hear where everyone is vocally and to make sure that our assignments are correct for our voices. After that, we have a two hour class that is probably going to tell us how CRAZY we all are for choosing this industry! 🤣

Anyways, I’m going to call it a night and get some rest for a full day of fun. I’ll keep y’all posted throughout the next few weeks.

Until then

Christina

Happy Fourth!

7/4/17
Oh boy! It’s getting close to time for the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices…. like REAL close! 😱

It seems like I was accidentally overlooked to receive my assignment for music to learn prior to arriving for the duration of our stay. So now I’m tying to learn the whole role of Adalgisa from Norma as quickly as humanly possible. Let’s just say…… it’s not a tiny role. 🤣

The other piece I have to have memorized is the duet between Aïda and her father, Amonasro from the opera, you guessed it, Aïda. 

So my Fourth of July consists of a TON of music. I don’t know if I’d have it any other way, to be honest!

I hope you all have a very wonderful and SAFE Fourth of July!

Christina

Post Father’s-Day

6/20/17

It has been a long weekend! On Sunday, I performed with the LA Winds. It was so wonderful being on stage with this amazing group of people/musicians. It’s always such an honor when a group of this caliber accepts you as their own. As most of you may know, I’m also a Trumpet player.

If you didn’t…. Surprise!

Anywho, I joined this group in June of 2013 as a Trumpet player and went on a trip to China with them shortly after (December 2013). That’s where I told a few of my new friends that I was a singer. I let them listen to a track I had on my phone and they went nuts. I gave my director, Stephen Piazza (a bass clarinet player for the LA Opera), a copy of my Senior Recital from college. He asked me to sing a piece with them a couple of years later, as their chosen singer backed out. It was all downhill from there! As I said before, it’s always a joy to perform with them in ANY capacity.

I performed the 3rd movement from the work “David” by Stephen Melillo titled “The Touchstone”. If you haven’t heard this piece, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’ll try to get the recording on here as quickly as possible! It was a wonderful concert and it was so nice to meet a lot of the long time fans of the LA Winds. If you haven’t checked them out, you should! I perform with them at least once a year, so come join us!

xoxo

 

Hello and Welcome!

6/1/2017

Hey guys! I am SO excited to launch my new website! But first, I need to give a HUGE shout to Karol at BFLY for creating my new website and taking some of the amazing photos that are displayed on my Portfolio page. If you need anything done, go to this lady! She will set you up, for sure! <3

I will be posting on my blog, periodically. There will be new announcements as well as details about what I’m doing during productions.

Up next, I have the Institute for Dramatic Young Voices in Reno, NV from July 17th – August 5th. I will be blogging as much as I can during that time, but I know that this is a very intense academy, so we will see what happens!

I am looking forward to sharing all of this with you and I’m grateful for all of your support. It means the world to me!!!

Until next time!

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