Member of Music Teachers Association of California • National Association of Teachers of Singing

A Tribute to Yakob Basner

A Tribute to Yakob Basner 12/8/1927 – 9/8/2021 My Yiddish Coach, Friend, and Holocaust Survivor Photo courtesy of SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workers Circle It is with sadness that I share the passing of Yakob Basner; an incredible teacher, Yiddishist, Holocaust...

Shanah Tovah

When I was a young girl, if I was upset because I had nothing planned for New Years Eve (December 31), my mother would always say “Why should you care about celebrating New Year’s Eve? It’s not our holiday!”  She would always emphasize the word our to remind me...

A Little Break

Taking a staycation break.  With the pandemic ever present, I plan on remaining close to home and resume my blog in a few weeks. Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool! –Harriet

Looking Forward to My Next Concert!

 With the excitement and fulfillment of performing live at my June 6 backyard concert I can’t help but think about the next concert!  My daughter Rachel recently posted a quote on Facebook by the psychologist and author Brené Brown.  It was so good that I hope she...

A Long Awaited Concert is Here!

When I decided in mid May to perform both a live and virtual streaming concert in my backyard for the first week of June, to be honest I did not give the cost or details of producing a full-blown concert a second thought. All I knew was that my accordionist Ben Gown...

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

I once read a book called “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.”  I don’t remember too much about the book itself, but I never forgot the title.  With the pandemic ‘almost’ behind us my inner performer needs to start performing live again.  I am tired...