Midwestern minstrel

“A wandering minstrel I…”  could have been my theme song this week. I drove across northern Wisconsin and east-central Minnesota as the leaves began to change right on time. And all along the way: music! First, in Stevens Point WI, Matthew Markham, Sue Bender, and the wonderful students of UWSP … Continue Reading →


I’m on Amtrak, watching the handsome Philadelphia skyline on my way back to DC. What a week. Today was a bit of icing on the cake, a lovely masterclass at Rutgers. The cake was, of course, a week with the Domingo-Cafritz artists at WNO. I am always grateful for the … Continue Reading →

Build it and they will come

So I just spent the weekend at Potomac Vocal Institute, the brainchild of my pal Betsy Bishop. Great classes and really good singing! Terrific teaching and work is happening down here, y’all. I was pleased to catch up with several singers I hadn’t seen in years, and to see my friend … Continue Reading →

Spring Break…ish

A week off from UMich – and you know what that means for a wandering minstrel, right? Just arrived in DC for some masterclasses at the Potomac Vocal Institute, a snazzy new organization started by my friends Betsy Bishop (currently Fricka in the WNO Ring) and Patrick O’Donnell (pianist, coach, conductor, … Continue Reading →