Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mixing Concepts – Collapsing Models… some thoughts for Singing Teachers

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden There are significant advantages to having studied a lot of stuff over the years. When enough of it sinks in, it starts to form into something new. In the formation of cut-to-measure exercises in the … Continue reading

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Time, Time, Time and Roses

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I went to buy some bare root roses this morning. Some of my favorites– filled, fragrant, spectacular. It’s always strangely thrilling for me to hold those scrawny, brown, bare roots in my hand and to … Continue reading

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Singer’s Formant, the Diaphram and the “Vegas”-Nerve

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden In a recent discussion in a forum on LinkedIn the topic of the Vagus nerve came up. Someone unintentionally (or intentionally) misspelled it “Vegas” which precipitated a most educating and entertaining exchange. Here are some … Continue reading

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A Different Cosmos – The Music of the Spheres

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Two quite intense weeks of courses in U. Weimar are over and done. First week was “Performance Training” and the second “Mental Training”. A young accordionist gave me yet another opportunity to be astounded. I’m … Continue reading

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Ein anderer Kosmos – Sphärenharmonie

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Zwei intensivste Arbeitswochen an der UNI Weimar sind vorbei. In der ersten Woche gab es „Auftrittstraining“. In der zweiten Woche dann „Mentales Training“ Ein junger Akkordeonist bescherte mir dabei in der zweiten Woche ein sehr … Continue reading

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„PRESENCE“

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Stage presence is a term I’ve heard since my first days on the stage. I always found it palpable as a phenomenon, yet almost impossible to describe. Is it possible to ‘teach’ it? Is it … Continue reading

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…the pursuit of Happiness.

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’m definitely not the first to wonder why our founding fathers chose “Life, Liberty and the “PURSUIT” of Happiness” as a motto. Why not “Life, Happiness and the Pursuit of Liberty? They of all people … Continue reading

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Emotional Transparency

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s fascinating in which contexts individuals intend to be emotionally transparent and in which contexts the intention goes more in the direction of concealment. Even more fascinating is it when you actually consciously intend to … Continue reading

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Jumping the Track

I can remember the first time I noticed that my thoughts always seemed to run along the same track. I remember too not liking that AT ALL! Here’s the thing though; when I notice that my thoughts are running in … Continue reading

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Speaking, Singing, Systems and Family Constellations

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden After a long weekend of working with extremely talented speakers and presenters of all ages in a course called “Vocal Mastery; Voice, the Third Hand” here in Germany, I’ve come away with some new insights … Continue reading

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