Congratulations and other news.

A big congratulations to Hannah and Rhiannon, who are both successful auditionees for Oscar Theatre Co. Well done to the two of you and we can’t wait to hear what Oscar has in store for you. Oscar Theatre Company are having their launch party at Lightspace, on Sunday May 13 from 7 – 11.30pm. Tix are $20 and we’re going!

Will and Felix Star are going great guns with the Opera Australia in their roles in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Both have been given minor roles and we look forward to seeing them on stage. Rhiannon is playing Kate Monster in Avenue Q at Brisbane Theatre Arts: we can’t wait to see her fabulous performance. She rocked during singing lessons – we were blown away by her brilliant singing even during rehearsals.

Chenaya, Riley and Kiara have started a trio called Aston Row – we look forward to hearing about their efforts in this venture; already interested agents are sniffing round. Charlie won first place in her school performance competition – she is such a spunky kid, she ought to go far. Great work, Charlie.

Competitions and eisteddfods are coming up soon, so best wishes to all the performers. Don’t forget that if you want to pursue AMEB exams now is the time to let me know.

VALE BOOTS the Beagle

Last week Boots, my fourteen year old beagle, died when a visiting tradesperson left the gate open. Boots escaped onto our busy street. Beagles have no road sense at all, and Boots was no exception. He was run over and died immediately. It was a sudden and tragic loss and I am still coming to terms with his death. He was old and had some minor health problems so it was really a matter of a road accident or age related decline. In a way, I am glad he died doing what he liked to do: smelling stuff, escaping, finding disgusting stuff to eat. I miss him very much and I know those who knew Boots well would agree he was a very friendly, loving dog who shed hair like no tomorrow and smelled terrible. Vale Boots, my friend.

WE SAY GOODBYE

A couple of students are saying goodbye to the studio: Josh and Caitlin. Josh is finding his path in life through self-penned songs and Caitlin is starting an exciting venture in cake decoration and design. If you love celebration cakes, Caitlin is your person. We’re sure we’ll hear more from them both in the next few months as they inform us about their lives. They have each promised to continue their singing.

Bethany and Gary have also said their goodbyes for now, although they have assured me they will be back when time and fortunes allow! We miss you Bethany and Gary and look forward to seeing you both again in the not too distant future.

WE SAY HELLO

We welcome Renee and Kiara to our studio and can’t wait to develop their lovely voices! Just as one student leaves, another begins, so we only have 2 timeslots available at present, on Tuesdays at 4.30pm and fortnightly at 8pm.

FOR THE STUDIO

We have been planning how to best serve our clients in physical space and comfort when they attend singing lessons. Our studio, while spacious, is hot in summer and even warm in winter months, and we have been getting quotes from tradespeople regarding replacing our louvre windows and installing airconditioning. Well, we’ve had some quotes for the windows and with any luck we’ll get new ones in before term 4 this year. We have found a company who makes and installs casement opening hopscotch windows for Queenslander Houses, with laminated glass to reduce traffic noise. We love this idea and will find the funds to make this happen!

As for air-conditioning the studio: there’s nowhere good to put the unit. Also, the house is single skin, so we can’t hide the drainage pipes and electrical conduit outlets, except by ugly pvc piping. Unfortunately the air-conditioning specialists we employed seem to lack imagination and problem solving skills. We’ll be taking a closer look at how to install the best airconditioning for the room. In the meantime, we’ve reduced SOME of the traffic noise by installing ready-made curtains and blinds, which helps to muffle the sound somewhat, and also keeps the room a bit cooler.

As we renovate the house, you will notice some minor changes to the exterior and garden areas. We will be putting in new fencing in the next 18 months; replacing the disgusting guttering with trendy Colourbond Surfmist gutters, repairing and painting the exterior and renovating the garden.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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