Since my arrival at the COC, hearing the young artists of the Merola Program in San Francisco has become a regular part of my summer. This year, it wasn't possible to combine the trip to San Francisco with other young artists' auditions in Santa Barbara (which I will sadly miss for once) and Santa Fe (later in August), so I just went for two days.
As always, Sheri Greenawald, the director of Merola, had selected a really interesting group of about twenty singers, four pianists and one director. The panel, a few colleagues from Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles and New York and I, hear two arias and then give our feedback, advising the young artists on general presentation, repertoire, vocal technique and almost any subject that might come up in our discussions.
I've never heard a bad singer at Merola. This year there was an abundance of good baritones, and also three young Canadians. I'm very proud that two of them will join our own Ensemble Studio at the end of August.
Now, I'm at San Francisco Airport waiting for my redeye flight to board. I have to be back in Toronto for an early morning meeting - and want to be home for Marnie's birthday!
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