all worship is a burden,
all dancing is a chore,
all music is mere noise.
All the rain of heaven may fall into the sea.
not one drop could become a pearl.”
“It seems that the human race has lost a great deal of the ancient science of magic, but if there remains any magic it is music.”
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
Interview with Heather
How long have you been a vocalist and how did you become an expert at what you do?
My specialty as a vocalist is the result of over 15 years of private study. Some of the fun things that show up on the list of “what gives me some musical street cred” = countless weddings, constant stream of church work – both directing and solo work, teaching choir to middle school children in the remote highlands of Guatemala and the rolling hills of Virginia, running my own coaching studio for the last 2 years, leading vocal workshops, and creating concerts in other countries that involve children and adults alike.
It’s a deep love and commitment to doing what I love. For a long time, I would not consider myself a professional. And like any craft, you are always, always getting better. So sometimes I still feel like I’m not a professional. But I guess that’s what it’s like to be a student for life.
I began taking private voice lessons when I was 12 years old, and continued through my university studies at the University of Virginia where I majored in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. Deviating from the “traditional” classical music path, I thanked graduate vocal studies programs for their interest and headed off to the remote highlands of Guatemala to live and teach. It took a few years to cycle back to music fully, and I’m so thankful I did.
Infusing spaces with bright energy is one of my superhero powers.
Blogging is not. Please read through my blog with the understanding that there’s a reason why I’ve all but eliminated it from my business.
Who are your clients?
My clients are energetically savvy – which means you’re probably recognizing that a piece of you attracted me to you. And now you’re thinking about it. Mah nah mah nah.
Let’s face it, you are one BRILLIANT WOMAN.
You move through this world making magic happen wherever you go, but you don’t necessarily talk about it.
You’re highly proficient, high-achieving.
At the most basic level, you value the power of music to transform a space and you are totally committed to creating love and turning back to love wherever you go.
You want to feel supported, centered and present on your big day, and you certainly don’t mind when angels drop in to support you.
You are spiritually inclined – actually, you are totally a spiritual being and you know it, but you may not identify with a specific religion – you might feel like your understanding of spirituality lies beyond what is typically taught in religious sects. Maybe you enjoy borrowing and sharing from beautiful traditions across cultures and practices. Maybe you make your own kefir and drink a double espresso latte in the same day. Because you’re cool like that.
How are you different than other professional musicians?
I started this blog focusing mostly on weddings, but it’s not actually the bulk of the work I do anymore. I coach people in bringing their voices out into the world and I love creating amazing collaborative community musical experiences.
I have made the series of conscious decisions in my life to live from the place within me that is most joyful, most powerful, and most beautiful. I have an underlying message that drives me:
By sharing my music, I help you share yours.
The answers to today’s questions, the technology of the future, the key to the bigger, brighter, better way of living in this world is – I believe – contained in each of us. I sing because it helps YOU release YOU. Plus, it’s really fun to sing. It’s a unique thing because, sure, partly it’s about me and my voice and who resonates with it and singing songs that match spaces and providing pleasurable experiences. But my driving “WHY” is about you living vibrantly, sharing who you really are with the world.
What kind of personality do you work best with?
I work best with kind, sensitive, highly intelligent, creative, fun souls (holla!) who are committed to creating fair, loving relationships between people.
She’s a self-starter, she’s incredibly socially aware, she is rightfully concerned about her public image, and she does her best to do right by those around her. She is highly accomplished.
My client, too, might yearn for a deeper spiritual connection – she intellectually wraps her head around it quite astoundingly, but she wants to feel it without talking about it.
What kind of personality or client do you NOT work well with?
If you’re able to believe in the beauty and power of your own dreams, we’re going to have a good vibe going. If you’re not able to believe in the power of your dreams…we’re probably going to feel like oil and water swirling around each other.
Ok, I want you to sing at my wedding. How do you work? What can I expect?
Hi-ooo. Get the full scoop HERE.
Where do you sing around town?
Every Sunday, I sing at Cove Presbyterian Church as their musician-in-residence. I support the music director with solos and rehearsing the choir. love singing at Cove, because the space is sooooo sweet and the music leadership creative and centered. Tallllll ceilings, tall antique windows, a balcony that is so old that you could easily fall off of it. I’ve come to appreciate that which is the pure humanity of making music with a few people, in a community. A community that appreciates music is a special thing, and the act of sharing our voices – no matter what age or experience – is a very spiritual practice for me, and for all of us. And, as a fun fact, I just learned that this little country church has some seriously progressive roots – its minister in the 1840s decided to teach slaves how to read and write. This spirit of showing up for what is good and right in humanity lives on there today.
This year I’ve been focused on deepening my coaching practice and laying the foundations for creative work in 2014, which has meant that the performing I do lately is usually through the church or for private events.