Choosing a career path while in college is difficult, but before 2007 SMC alumna Lindsey Anderson could make that decision she needed to choose between her twin passions, biology and music. Anderson said she began her time at Saint Mary’s College believing she would one day become a neurosurgeon with her biology degree. Instead, she is now a mezzo-soprano opera singer with a Master’s degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music from Saint Mary’s. “I sang for the latter half of my senior year of high school in the choir for fun. I really couldn’t read music, but my parents always played classical music, so it was in my ear, I guess. I always had a healthy appreciation for the classical realm of music,” Anderson said. “I was always a science geek, so that’s what I had planned to do. I had a plan. I think I was in fourth grade when I said I wanted to be a neurosurgeon when I grew up.” Upon arriving at the College, Anderson took the pre-med route, a choice that she said she thoroughly enjoyed at first. Soon after, Anderson said she found herself wanting to be a part of the choir at the College. “I had wanted to try out for the Saint Mary’s choir since I had been in my high school’s choir,” Anderson said. “It ended up being a fit after I auditioned. I credit Dr. Nancy Menk for turning me to music. She encouraged me and told me that I should be a music major. Without her, I don’t think that I’d be an opera singer today. I am so thankful for her.” Anderson tried being a double major between biology and music at first, however, she found it difficult once her interests became more music-centered rather than pre-med, she said. “It did not work. It was because I was trying to balance the two and was giving all of the energy and work to music which told me that was what I wanted to do,” Anderson said. “I just got this opera bug and I would go to Moreau and check out almost all of the operas that we had and just listen to them. I loved them. I listen to opera every morning while drinking my coffee. It just excites me.” After graduation, Anderson had a lot of catching up to do since she only had about three and a half years of vocal study under her belt at the time of graduation. “The amount of vocal study I had up to that point was really not much compared to the people who have been singing since they were 12,” Anderson said. “I was auditioning for graduate schools and it is so different for applying. You don’t go and take tests and write essays, you go and sing songs and audition at all of these schools. I was still in my major- stage fright phase, but I was very well prepared.” Anderson received many acceptance letters to graduate schools, however, she ended up choosing to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a choice she said she believes was the right one. “I met some of my life-long operatic friends there. I think it was a very good decision for me to go there. I had a great teacher,” Anderson said. “We had what was called ‘Opera Workshop’ which prepares you for the business of opera for music majors like how to get auditions in the real world, getting an agent, business stuff like that.” After receiving her master’s degree, Anderson continued on to train as a young artist with Opera Western Reserve and attended such training programs as Bay Area Summer Opera Theater in San Francisco and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. “More recently, I have worked with Opera Fayetteville and Opera North,” Anderson said. “I have been gaining bigger roles even more recently. Just this past two years I have been singing leading lady roles. It takes time, with the type of voice I have, to mature.” As for any advice she has for the current music majors at Saint Mary’s, Anderson stresses that singing is a personal art form and students must always be passionate about their singing to succeed. “You have to love the art that you create and if you love it, other people will it too because they will sense the joy that you put into it,” Anderson said. “The biggest thing is just to love what you do. If you love it and you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.
“We’re busy enough that we’re able to donate our time instead of keep working,” Kaczynski said. “We work thru this COVID pandemic, so we wanted to still try to give back in some sort of way.” Kaczynski says he feels very fortunate that his company was able to help. “It went out for big and we won the bid on it,” Kacynski said. “We are donating 100 percent of the bid that we got, which is $3500, back to the Handicapped Children’s Association.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After a fire destroyed the Our Space Playground, CNY Tree Services went to work Thursday morning cutting what’s left of the burnt trees at Recreation Park. Tom Kacynski, owner of CNY Tree Services, says he reached out to the City of Binghamton Parks Department to see if his company could donate their time to help cut the trees, but he was told insurance was able to cover it. Kaczynski says he hopes his company’s actions will help inspire the community to do the same. CNY cut down one tree and trimmed the branches from two others surrounding the park. “Do good where you can,” Kaczynski said. “We want to try to inspire people.” read more
Security forces, including police and army, have been deployed to enforce the restrictions, sparking deadly confrontations in some states.In a report released late on Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission said it had received and documented “105 complaints of incidents of human rights violations perpetuated by security forces” in 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.Of these complaints, “there were 8 documented incidents of extrajudicial killings leading to 18 deaths”, it said.The commission noted that the tally of killings was higher than the recorded toll from the disease itself. “Whereas COVID-19 led to the death of 11 victims, law enforcement agents extrajudicially executed 18 persons in the cause of the enforcement regulations,” it said, referring to the official virus toll at the time of the report.It accused the security agents of “excessive or disproportionate use of force, abuse of power, corruption and non-adherence to national and international laws, best practices and rules of engagement.”National police spokesman Frank Mba said the commission was “too general in its allegations,” saying it ought to have been specific in the number of people killed by the police.”The commission should have given details of those killed by the police, their number, names and places where they were killed to enable us take appropriate actions,” he told AFP.Mba insisted the police would continue to enforce the lockdown measures “professionally and in line with international best practices.”He said the police authorities would not condone any abuses or infractions, adding that recently an officer who extorted money from a civilian was punished and made to refund it.Local and international rights bodies have long accused Nigerian security forces of abuses against civilians, but they typically deny the charges.Segun Awosanya, who heads influential civil group, Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation, said his organisation had also documented 18 deaths nationwide. “It could be more. Those are only the ones we know of,” Awosanya said. He said that on Wednesday two people were killed in the state of Anambra and a truck driver was killed in Abia state after apparently refusing to give a bribe to security officials. “There’s been so many complaints since the beginning of the lockdown, every evening we get alerted on many people being detained. It’s very tense everywhere,” he said. “The police and the security agencies are not even safe themselves. They have no safety equipment to protect themselves against the virus, no logistics to defend themselves against rampant crime, and they see citizens in a way to extort money.”There have been growing fears of a rise in crime and unrest due to the virus restrictions, especially in Lagos, as millions of people living in poverty have been cut off from vital income. Reports have also emerged from other African countries of abuses by security forces as the authorities apply restrictive measures to try to halt the pandemic. South African police have opened several probes into the deaths of citizens allegedly killed by security patrols for defying a lockdown. Topics : Nigerian security forces have killed 18 people in their enforcement of measures to curb coronavirus, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body said.Africa’s most populous nation has imposed a total lockdown in megacity Lagos and the capital Abuja and set restrictions in other regions in a bid to contain the virus.According to official figures, coronavirus has so far infected 407 people in Nigeria, 12 of them fatally. read more
I love film festivals! My record is four movies in a single day (that’s a lot of popcorn and Diet Coke). But I’ve never attended AFI, so this should be a lot of fun because the lineup sounds pretty diverse. There are films from 37 countries and of various genres including drama, comedy and horror. Opening night features “Lions for Lambs,” the new Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep political movie. Tickets are on sale now at www.afi.com. email@example.com (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 13-minute short is set in a hotel room in France and is the brief coda to a doomed romance and the prologue to “Darjeeling.” DID YOU KNOW? Schwartzman is the son of Oscar-nominated actress Talia Shire of the “Rocky” movies and “Godfather” trilogy. That makes him the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and first cousin of Oscar winners Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola. BUZZWORTHY: I’m so glad to see the quirky and sweet “Lars and the Real Girl” expanding into 296 theaters. It stars Ryan Gosling as a troubled young man who suffers from a delusion that a life-size doll is his girlfriend. Sounds bizarre, but the movie is really touching and Gosling’s performance is Oscar worthy. LIMITED RELEASE: Opening in 165 locations is the new drama “Bella.” AFI FEST: If none of the movies playing appeals to you, consider taking in one of the 148 films at the American Film Institute’s annual festival, which takes place Nov. 1 to11. Things have gotten quite scary for the movie industry now that ticket sales have declined five weekends in a row when compared with last year. But, I think the losing streak will have the heck scared right out of it with today’s release of the fright flick “Saw IV.” This is one potent franchise that has No.1 opening written all over it. A year ago, “Saw III” opened at $33.6million, while 2005’s “Saw II” bowed at $31.7million. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here when I predict at least a $30million bow for the latest entry in this popular horror series. DAN’S REALITY CHECK: By debuting in just fewer than 2,000 locations compared with more than 3,000 for “Saw IV,” Disney seems to be conceding first place. But the studio, which has had a major hit this fall with “Game Plan,” will be counting on its comedy “Dan In Real Life” to place a solid second. The movie starring Steve Carell has previewed well and could finish in the $10-$12million range. One thing it has going for it: “Dan” cost far less than to make than Carell’s most recent film, “Evan Almighty.” “Evan” grossed just more than $100million domestically but was still considered a major disappointment because it cost $150million to produce. DARJEELING PRELUDE: Good thing I haven’t seen “The Darjeeling Limited” yet! The film starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman expands into 650 theaters today, and Fox Searchlight Pictures will be showing a short film, “Hotel Chevalier,” along with it. “Hotel” stars Schwartzman and Natalie Portman and is director Wes Anderson’s companion piece to his “Darjeeling.” Previously, it was a popular iTunes download. read more
Mayor McGarvey calls by to meet the Pro-Social Driving teamThe newly elected Mayor of Donegal Ian Mc Garvey dropped into the new offices of the Pro-social Drivers Programme at 18 Celtic Apartments in Letterkenny on one of his first official visits.The Mayor presented the latest group of Graduates (out of picture) who have completed the Pro-Social Drivers Program with their Certificates.The graduates of the scheme complete the course in order to get a better appreciation of the dangers of driving and to improve their driving skills. Pictured left to right are Kevin Mc Grory (Fire Service), Martin Mac Fadden (Lead Course Facilitator), Gary Doggett (Programme coordinator), Mayor Ian Mc Garvey, Mary Clinton (A-Ceart) and Aidan Guthrie (Facilitator). NEW MAYOR BACKS INNOVATIVE SAFE-DRIVING SCHEME was last modified: July 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mayor Ian McGarveyPro-social drivers read more
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