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I have a doctoral degree in opera performance and can answer questions relating to opera. I am also willing to answer diction questions regarding singing in English, French, German, Italian, or Czech.

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I have a DMA in vocal performance from the University of Michigan and a MM in opera from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have been working in the field of opera since 1995.


American Choral Director's Assosciation Royal School of Church Music in America National Assosciation of Teachers' of Singing American Guild of Organists


BM in education from WEstminster Choir College MM in performance from UNC-Greensboro DMA in vocal performance from the University of Michigan

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2015-07-08 Tempo:

This song seems to be quarter note equals 100 beats per minute. I would call that Andante (walking speed), but my metronome calls that allegretto (a little quick).  Tempo markings are usually just an estimate

2012-12-17 Forgot to include link to the song:

Hello,    Thank you for your patience.  I have been away from my computer for the Christmas Holiday.  AFter listening to the clip you requested, I am sorry to say that I don't recognize the music.  It

2012-05-06 How do you sing in high notes?:

Dear Jacqueline,    This is a very difficult question to answer without the benefit of listening to you and watching you sing.  In general, singers who have trouble with notes that lie high in their range

2012-01-28 Countertenor range:

I do think that you would be able to extend your range over time, provided that you are able to eliminate the tongue and jaw tension.  If you are not well-grounded in terms of your breathing, your jaw

2011-11-25 hello!:

Hello Elli,    I'm sorry to say, but I don't recognize the song being sung in this clip.  I did a little research though, and suggest that you email your question to the festival coordinator.  The contact


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