Saturday, January 17, 2015

Big decisions for a simple gal.

Because life chores.

Hello my dear friends. Today I am drinking my first coffee in two years and am surprisingly not on the floor with caffeine shakes and muttering gibberish...yet.

After my recent and long overdue comedic post "10 better things to do backstage", I feel it time to update you on what I have been up to.

I recently came across my dear friend's recent blog post on New Year's resolutions as a musician and was compelled to brainstorm my own resolutions not only for this year, but my life as a whole.  

Here is her blog - Tessa-Tura http://tessa-tura.blogspot.ca/ Check her out!

- I'm pretty sure I was sitting on my bean bag chair, eating Cheetos and sobbing over The Notebook at her age. 

So onto more serious things...

I've had to make some big decisions these past few months and it has been quite the transition. 
On Thursday, I said goodbye to a group of badass coworkers at University of Ottawa. I've gained some amazing friends and will surely miss their dirty humour and insult battles. It's not everyday you run into people who are so laid back with each other they think it's totally appropriate to lift their shirt to give you a peek at their manly chest through the glass window. 

I also said goodbye to being choir manager a few weeks ago.

Goodbye to my baby, my pride and joy, my passion. 

I knew this decision needed to be made in order for me to focus on my career. Being choir manager for Ewashko Singers was a blessing but it began to deter my focus on my full time job and personal life. I loved it all. But it was time move on. 

Two doors close. One door opens. 

That door is my opportunity to grow, to excel, and to explore - and I will open it with strength and confidence. 

As I write this listening to Beck's Morning Phase album, a calmness comes over me (if you know the album, you'll know why). Big things will be happening starting next week and I need to be ready.

A new job, new choir, new apartment, new jazz quartet, and new opera are happening in a span of two months all the while fitting in a social life, yoga, and a somewhat regular sleep schedule. 

Needless to say, I have this crazy schedule because it's normal for me. Prepping and practicing music 3 times a week? Totally normal. Work all day, rehearse all night? Bring it. So naturally, on my days off I am the laziest person because I fucking deserve it.

In a nutshell...big girl decisions, I am ready to take you on. 



- Blonde in the Choir

















Sunday, January 4, 2015

10 better things to do backstage

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Hello darlings. I swear, the gap between each post is getting larger and I hate it as much as you do.

It has been a very busy few months with my choir as well as finishing up the production of Puccini's Tosca with Opera Lyra Ottawa. So naturally, other things were put on the back burner.

 Tosca was certainly a fun ride working with the wonderful stage management and principals, however the chorus had very little to do on stage. The "Te Deum" was certainly worth being in this production and I still get chills thinking about it.



I can assure you we are professional and quite strict with chorus etiquette backstage. However, there are times where you have so much time to kill that listening to the beautiful music before you is simply not enough. 

Well, we experimented and it got weird (in the best way possible). 

Here are a few things that can keep you and your fellow choristers entertained in between acts:

1 - Figure out weirder ways to applaud after a grand aria. Here are some we covered:










2 - Perfect rolling your Rs...or try to. 







And when you get SO GOOD, you can trololo like a champ. 


3 - Practice yoga on the floor - NOT in your costume. The wardrobe department will KILL you!





4 - Organize the pepper packets in the theatre cafeteria.




5 - Take endless amounts of photos backstage - obviously.



6 - Nap or connect with social media in that comfy chair reserved for the stage movers. 



7 - Master your air violin and conducting skills.





8 - Practice that Gone With The Wind kiss with your hand...or if you're lucky, a close friend. Oh my. 




9 - Attempt to get photobombed by stage management. 





And finally...

10 - Photobomb EVERY one of your friend's pictures. As you can see, I have been perfecting this skill since 2009. 


 Carmen, 2013. 

 Lucia di Lammermoor, 2011. 

 Tosca, 2014. 

Eugene Onegin, 2009. 

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post and I promise I will get my act together for the next one. 

Sincerely, 

Blonde in the Choir