“You have a nice voice.” The reason: a brutal dictator of a choral director from high school who made me feel ashamed of my less-than-perfect voice. But I’ve always had a song in my heart and great relationship with lullabies and babies. Finally, in my “mature years,” I decided enough with the shame and enlisted my dear friend and musical theater collaborator Monica Norcia for voice lessons.
Monica’s brightness, cheer and encouragement made all the difference. She helped me understand my voice as a physical instrument, what it can do and how I can use my whole body to support my singing.
Terrified but determined I tackled my first recital and lo and behold, I lived through it and found my public voice once again. Second year recital: I faltered but carried on and found out how to stumble, fall and get back up again.
Third year: I somehow landed the role of Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof.” This experience was one of the highlights of my adult life.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Monica for her teaching style, technique, encouragement and unwavering commitment to ANY voice, no matter its quality or range. My song isn’t just in my heart anymore, which is good, because now there’s more room in there for Monica.”