Music teachers taught me the importance of learning well for public performance, and here are a few of the favorites.
In my tenth year living in Montreal, I received an unexpected and unintended gift. I had been singing for just over a year at St. Matthias when I subbed for my boss as a conductor over the Christmas break. I was skeptical, dubiously so, but also very willing. Why on earth he would choose me was totally immaterial - I love conducting and was happy to say yes.
Montreal - my home now for 20 years - is one of Canada's gems. It is a marvelous place to encounter music and make friends and be involved in the arts on many levels. I've been very happy to live here this long - and I thought to share just a few snippits of what life was like in my first decade here.