Category Archives: singing

Arts and Faith – a new series from Loyola Press

If you are not familiar with the good work that is being done at, your homework is to go on over there right away and check them out (finish reading my post first, of course!) With educational resources, the … Continue reading

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Stage makeup at Mass

If I were better at marketing myself, or at least at branding my blog, I would just do one thing, and write about that. Do the people who visit the blog because they want to read about singing and performing … Continue reading

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A quiet week, and a guest post

I was so disappointed as the week drew to a close that I didn’t expect to be able to pull together my 7 Quick Takes for the week. I have had a love-hate relationship with this practice: first I wrote … Continue reading

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Meeting Sister Helen

When I was an undergrad at a fine Jesuit institution, Sister Helen Prejean came to speak. I didn’t know much about her then. The movie Dead Man Walking had put her memoir of the same name further into the spotlight … Continue reading

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Seven pieces I’m working on right now

— 1 — I have been out every night this week at rehearsals for the New England premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking based on the memoir by Sister Helen Prejean. It is being produced by Boston Opera Collaborative … Continue reading

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Moving the cantor

Church has always mattered to me. I don’t know what it was about it that attracted me as a kid: the people there, the activities after, the light through the stained glass, the booming of the organ. Even when I … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 28

— 1 — Like most of the rest of the country, we have been experiencing Mother Nature’s mood swings this week. It started off frigid, as it was for most of last week (that’s when I start my “why do … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 27

— 1 — What an eventful week! I celebrated my anniversary with my honey, and my Diagnosiversary, marking a year since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I wrote about the day before the test, the day of the test, … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 26

— 1 — I read this earlier this week and am in love. “Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than … Continue reading

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Singing along when the trumpet blasts

To my surprise and delight, there was a trumpet at “midnight” (now 10 pm) mass. I was a late addition to the roster for Christmas Eve this year, driving after dinner to fill in for a colleague with the flu. … Continue reading

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