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

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...

Losing Sleep for a Good Cause

I have this slight problem.  I can never sleep more than five hours.  It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed.  If I go to bed at 11PM, which is usually not my style, at precisely 4:00 AM I wake up.  What am I supposed to do…feed the...

Updates on Yom HaShoah Event

(**See Link Below to View Program**) I am still coming down from my high from my first successful Zoom performance of Tears, Joy, and Hope: Yiddish Songs Written in the Jewish Ghetto. Zoom does have its limitations, but I could not have done this without my new...

Passover and the Pandemic

Truth be told, I never know what I am going to write about until I sit down at the computer and start typing.  So much has happened in the last two weeks. Do I talk about the heinous crimes the Asian American community has been subjected to recently? Do I bring...

Reflections on the past year

*Special recording included Who could have known that the title of my concert, “Tears, Joy, and Hope would parallel the human experience of a Pandemic so closely?  Jews experienced their own lockdown and uncertainty between 1939 and 1945 by being forced to live...
A Lot Happening

A Lot Happening

Have you ever woken up with a knot in your stomach and it doesn’t go away?  I thought to myself, “Should I take a walk to relieve any built up stress?”  I took my three mile power walk, rehearsing my Yiddish songs behind my mask as I walked, but the knot was...

Finding my Motivation

Last week I struggled to even begin writing this blog.  Can I blame my procrastination on the inauguration?  YES, of course I can!  It was a life-changing event for many people. For the first time ever, young African American girls were seeing someone...
My Next Project

My Next Project

My husband said, “Don’t bring up the attack on the Capitol! No one wants to read about that on your blog.”  But when I saw a man wearing a sweatshirt with large bold letters that read “Camp Auschwitz” and remembered how 1.1 million people were put to their...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Looking Back at This Year This blog is more of a ‘Thank you’ to all of you who have taken the time to read my blogs over the past few months.  During the pandemic, without the opportunity to have in-person concerts, being able to write about my journey and this...

New Arrangements!

The title of my program, “Tears, Joy, and Hope” reflects the emotions stirred within me every time I rehearsed these songs for my concert. These Yiddish songs written in the Jewish Ghettos are both profoundly beautiful and haunting. Because I had researched the...

A Yearning to Perform

In my last blog, I wrote about wanting to attend a Jewish sleepaway camp and how my parents told me they could not afford it. Something I failed to mention though, is that my child-like persistence continued and I soon tried another approach.   “Can I go to music...