Its Summer in Florida! Its 100% humidity and the ocean is as warm as the air.
I am looking forward to sharing an evening of music with you at the Starlite Room. I am performing a musical theater review with baritone, Clayton Brown. I’m taking a small palette cleanser from the classical repertoire- for one evening. Come join us next Friday, July 15th (four days before my birthday) – we’ve got great music on deck and a fabulous pianist to accompany.
Doors at 7:30, Concert at 8pm – Call the starlite room to reserve your spot today! 941.928.3624
I had the privilege of singing in Quebec this summer. I accompanied my voice teacher, Neil Semer, to the small town of Rivere Baudette in Quebec. It was a week of intense vocal technique work, coachings, and recitals.
In the last year, I have grown as an artist and singer. The bulk of that growth has happened since I changed voice teachers almost 7 months ago. I am excited to share my growth with audiences in the coming months. I hope my work with such an esteemed and brilliant educator will continue to flourish and I will stay open to the work that needs to be done.
A big THANK YOU to those of you who came out to support the arts on Friday, February 10th, 2017.What a fabulous audience you were. It was truly a blessing to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones. It was incredible to feel the music come alive and to share my hard work with such appreciative and responsive audience.
I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. I cannot wait to come back down to sing for you again.
A word from Clayton: Performing for the community of Sarasota was such a delight. I was overwhelmed with love and kindness from all of Erica’s family and friends during my stay. Thank you for bringing the masses to see Erica and I perform. We are looking forward to performing at The Starlite Room again soon — perhaps mid July. I will be performing The Baker in Into The Woods with St Petersburg Opera in late June and early July. It would be lovely to see you all there. Thank you again, and I look forward to performing in Sarasota with Erica again soon.
And a few words from the both of us:
As artists we are constantly reminded that being in the arts only works when there’s a strong inclusiveness. An inclusiveness of everyone from all walks of life, faith, race and gender — so that we may pull together to communicate the human experience. It takes a village to get things done, no one can do it alone. We want to thank you for being here today and being part in our journey. Without the support of our our audience, none of this would be possible. So thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the rest of our show.
As always, if you are interested in donating or sponsoring private lessons, coachings, audition expenses, and anything else we singers need to get by; there a direct donation link in my website.
Love to you all,
Erica and Clayton
Set list of songs performed at the Starlite room February 10, 2017 “Willkommen”from Cabaret (Erica and clayton) “Quando men vo” – from La Boheme, Puccini (Erica) “O mio babbino” – from Gianni Schicchi, Puccini (Erica) Paul Bowles Set (Text by Tenessee Williams) (Clayton) 1.Heavenly Grass 2.Lonesome Man 3.Cabin 4.Sugar in the Cane “Meine Lippen sie küssen so Heiss” from Guidetta, Lehar (Erica) “Deh viene alla finestra” from Don Giovanni, Mozart (Clayton) “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni, Mozart (Duet)
“Pronta io son” from Don Pasquale, Donizetti (duet) “Steps of the palace” from Into the Woods, Sondheim (Erica) “Good Thing Going” from Follies, Sondheim (Clayton) “Buddy’s blues” Sondheim (Clayton) “Oh quante volte” from Capuletti e i Montechhi, Bellini (Erica) “O! du mein holder Abendstern” from Tanhauser, Wagner (clayton) “No one is alone” from Into the Woods, Sondheim (Duet)
We had another lovely concert this past friday at the Starlite room. A very intimate room full of completely new faces! Its always wonderful to meet and sing for new people. Most everyone there left me their email addresses so I can begin to form a mailing list! I really should have been collecting those things ages ago, but what can you do. If you are reading this and would like to give me your email address, please click the contact tab on the front page of my website. This will bring you to a page prompting you to leave your contact information. If you would also please leave me a message (so i know you’re not a robot) i will get you added to the list!
I hope to begin sending out regular emails starting in the fall/winter. Until then, please continue to check this blog for updates on my move, auditions, and general shenanigans in NYC.
There is another opportunity to watch me perform! I am currently in a show at the Players Theater of SarasotaI. The play is called Masterclass, by Terrance McNally. Based on a masterclass given by Maria Callas at Julliard in the seventies. It is about the love of our art, the passion we feel, and what we must sacrifice to achieve our dreams. The play runs Thursday-Sunday August 6-16th. Tickets are on sale at the Players Theater box office, or by the link below. It is $18 for a single ticket. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for children. Click the link below to buy tickets!
Admittedly, asking for donations has never been my favorite part of this “singer/patron exchange”. Which is why I usually leave it in the very capable hands of my father (he is shameless). I am officially a big girl now, and have taken it upon myself to once and for all get over being bashful. I recognize that my achievements have been made possible by donations and scholarship. If i had never simply asked for help – where would i be now? Asking cannot hurt you, it can only help.SO- if you would like to help me in NYC, please click the button below. I promise to keep you very regularly updated on my whereabouts, adventures, failures, and successes. Thusly, ensuring that your donations are being well spent. I feel like i do not have enough thank yous in my body for all of the help i have received in my career. But i find more, time and time again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We had a wonderfully successful concert at the Starlite Room in Sarasota this past Saturday. It was an astounding turnout. It was also my birthday celebration – i turned 25 on July 19th. I could not imagine ringing in a quarter of a century any differently – sharing my voice, laughter, and artistry with you. Thank you so much for those of you who came out and supported me, and the arts in Sarasota. Your contributions really made an enormous difference. I will be able to move to New York city with a little more wiggle room in my savings account. This will allow me to take lessons, begin my audition applications, and settle into my new home with much more ease and comfort. I hope that I gave you something rewarding in return.
I have truly come a long way in my technique and performance practice. It was a tough road, and I came close to giving up many many times. To be honest, if it wasn’t for my community, and family support, I may not have continued. Today, I have harnessed enough confidence to begin putting myself out there again and presenting myself to the world. As a singer, you open yourself up to be judged by others. This is not always a positive thing, and you are not always liked or appreciated. It is really a treasure to be able to receive so much warmth from those involved in my career. Not everyone in this business has a safety net like I do.
As audition season heats up, and New York becomes a reality, I will make sure to keep this blog updated and share my journey with anyone who would like to come along.
Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart –
Below is a link to the article in the ticket, and a clip of me singing from Saturday evening!