Hello from Poughkeepsie, where tonight I'm appearing on Vassar's Modfest series, singing an exciting scene from Jonathan Chenette's opera, Eric Hermannson's Soul, which is based on a Willa Cather short story. It reminds me in many ways of one of my favorite movies, There Will Be Blood.
I took an introductory composition class from Jon at Grinnell, and sang my first solo with a professional orchestra (the Des Monies Symphony!) in a beautiful piece he wrote called Broken Ground, a piece that may also have been my very first new music experience. I remember being both thrilled and terrified at the prospect of learning something without having a recording to listen to.
Speaking of recordings, I've just released a new one.