As I shared in my June 2005 ezine, music has been a big part of my life. Although I have not sung professionally for years, I still enjoy singing and have brought it back into my life now that our daughter is an adult. Some subscribers have requested an opportunity to hear some of my music, so I've provided links to some recordings below.
The classical selection was recorded on my own tape deck in 1984 (an audition tape for a competition). The sound quality is not great, but it's what I have.
I also include some Christmas music -- some recorded several years ago on my Karaoke machine, and some performed in a live Christmas concert in Bay City, Michigan in the early 1980s with my dear friend--international concert pianist, composer and director--Kevin Cole. I'm the soprano in the quartets.
In 1984 I was cast as Valancienne in the Ann Arbor Comic Opera Guild's production of The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehár. The famous duet from Act 2, Love in My Heart, finds Valencienne doing her best to end her adulterous relationship with De Rosillon (played by tenor Rick Fracker). I had no idea that this was videotaped until The Comic Opera guild posted it on YouTube to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I was in my mid-20s when I played this role. Scroll down to watch it.
In 2011 my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. As a gift to him, I recorded the song I sang to him at our wedding reception: I'll Never Say Goodbye (theme song from The Promise). I also published a book that year, The Music of Your Heart, and recorded a song--Listen to Your Heart-- that accompanies my book and conveys the core message.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Away in a Manger
Don't Wait 'til the Night Before Christmas
Halleluia Chorus (The Messiah)
Carol of the Bells
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
One of the fun things I've done over the last three decades is singing the National Anthem at professional sports events.