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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Jane Talks Soufflé à la Salzburg

A festive party theme of flowers and décor sets the stage for your guests to get involved in your food, each other, and you.
Try serving my Salzburger Nockerl (Soufflé à la Salzburg), Recipe found in PUBLICATIONS-COOKBOOK, on this website

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Let Your Affections Rule

Needing people as an expression of your affection and ability to love reinforces your belief in yourself and self-worth. Needing people to validate you gives them power over you. Let your own affections rule!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hearty Thereof After

“With those blankets of snow,
the world takes on a glow
of a time of the season
with ev’ry good reason
to take out your skis
swoop down mountains with ease,
or find a froz’ lake
and skate ‘til you break,
from exhaustion, or freeze,
or, gee, start to sneeze.
But, after your play,
there is more to the day,
‘cause everyone gathers
for some hearty thereof after.
So you take off your boots,
settle down with your group,
build a fire with some logs,
and drink lots of good grog.”

Monday, February 15, 2010

Talent Will Out

True talent will out, inspite of impersonal circumstances. Focus on the need to 'kneel into' the realisation of your dreams while setting personal and universal trends. How refreshing to have you at the helm!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentines on High

"As Valentine’s Day draws nigh,
Cupid coyly sends his arrows on high,
And, as they soar in jubilation of this glorious day,
They awaken love’s tenderness in celebratory array,

And while igniting Cupid’s quintessence of ardent passion,
And a day of partnership and love’s glory of fashion,
They fly to the depths of love's joy of spirit,
While caressing every sensory moment of it." JM

Monday, February 01, 2010

Shadow Boxing - Practice Without Pressure

Shadowing boxing or imagination in pictures, used as a practice technique, is another form of practice, instead of, or in addition to, really singing scales or playing them. It's amazing how profitable this is and it requires relaxation, which is, of course, part of the desired 'practiced' end-result.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Modest Mussorgsky's Artistic Profundity

Proceeding from the conviction that human speech is strictly controlled by musical laws, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky considered the function of art to be the reproduction of musical sounds not merely of feelings, and this applied, first and foremost, to his feeling about human speech in relation to music-his music in particular: "Art is a means of communicating with people, and not an aim in itself. This guiding principle has defined the whole of my creative activity." Modest Mussorgsky

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Love & Approval - Difference?

The beautiful essence of an act is lost to the wind, if all that would be important is the kill, the win, the high number...However the worst symptom of perfectionism is the perfectionist's lack in seeing the difference between "love" and "approval."
Seems like this could be the "heart" of the matter!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Advent Weeks to Epiphany

As we know, the meaning of Advent is 'in preparation' and Epiphany is the day Jesus was 'revealed' and 'manifested' to the Three Wise Men and to the world. I have preoccupied myself with the theme of Advent and Epiphany for some time, and, in my adoration of Christmas, I have sought out delicious, often lesser known, song repertoire, which, during my world travels, I have included into some of my themed recitals. I find the international public response, whether in Vienna, Brescia, Nice, Como, or Düsseldorf..., to be enthusiastic interest in hearing wonderful works from various composers and poets, often having won fame for other creations of theirs. Some countries of our Western World observe the journey from the Advent Weeks to Epiphany on different dates, but the love and spiritual devotion is none-the-less similar and a wonderful basis for lifting barriers to universal and communal celebration.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


"Oh child of man! Hold your step so true.
The kings did wander, so wander you too!
The star of mercy, the star of love,
Is bright’ning your goal, while you seek your Lord,
And failing Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh,
Offer your heart to your Savior so dear." JM

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year Zest for Best

“The entrance of a NEW YEAR
Chimes and echoes of Holiday cheer,
It’s all about that, which conquers,
And quite less of that, which falters…
There’s encouragement of unfilled dreams
And visions of that esteemed.
Nothing wants to be easy peasy,
Tho' looks toward vast and quantum leapings.
There’s an ending to the old,
with a hint of things untold,
A slate of resolutions,
And devoutly new solutions,
A diet here, a promise there,
And a time for passions found with new sought flare.
Not a moment to settle for less,
So look to the NEW with ZEST for BEST!" JM

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Grog

“With blankets of snow,
The world takes on a glow
Of a time of the season
With ev’ry good reason
To take out your skis
Swoop down mountains with ease,
Or find a froz’ lake
And skate ‘til you break,
From exhaustion, or freeze,
Or, gee, start to sneeze.
But, after your play,
There is more to the day,
‘Cause everyone gathers
For a little thereof after.
So you take off your boots,
Settle down with the group,
Build a fire with some logs,
And drink Holiday Grog.” JM

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Advent Season Ending

"The Advent season is now ending. A season filled with the anticipation of Christmas blessings. The songs of Maria experience added rhapsody, like intricate bridges joining spiritual bodies" JM

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Gratitude

Christmas gratitude is a faithful heart's way of saying,
"thank you", for all joy and blessed togetherness.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Russia's White Tiger's Holiday Roar!

"White Tigers have a mouth like a grin
And a throat like a bin,
And they let out such noise,
That you really take poise,
‘Cause at first you just think,
That the world’s ‘bout to sink,
But then you think, WOW,
What a grown up MEOW.
Then you simply realize
That all Tigers take pride,
And it’s their funny way
Of putting on display,
But, aside from all that,
Tigers are merely just cats,
Just standing around,
Making overgrown sounds,
Which if thought of just right,
Could be their coy delight,
And their extroverted display

Monday, December 14, 2009

Advent Season

"The season of Advent is now beginning. A season filled with anticipation of Christmas blessings. The songs of Maria experience new singing, like blankets spread throughout Lands in treasured bonding." JM

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Spinning Strauss & Panel Discussion – Met Opera Guild

December 6, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – "Spinning Strauss", showcasing Strauss opera voices and Strauss women-character polarities from Ariadne auf Naxos
December 10, 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Mock Audition and Panel Discussion, "Nice work if You Can Get it"
William (Bill) J. Powers (Director of Administration and Artistic Operations, Pittsburgh Opera),
Jane Marsh (Soprano, lecturer, coach and international vocal competition judge),
John Miller (President, Pinnacle Arts Management)
Eve Shapiro (director, acting coach/teacher).
Mark Trawka, chorus master and director of music studies for Pittsburgh Opera resident artist program.
Location: Met Opera Guild, Sixth Floor, Rose Building, Lincoln Center
Tickets ordered: 212-769-7028 www.operaed.org/lectures

Thursday, November 26, 2009


“Thanksgiving is not about giving,
It’s about giving and rec’iving;
A day of great thanks,
For long held tradition,
No Indian pranks,
Just harvested submissions,
And food from so many,
There is plenty of plenty,
No lacking in any,
For so, so, so, many,
So when there’s good chance,
And in the right stance,
One quietly stays
And under breath prays,
For all being together,
And staying in tether,
For singing glory songs
Prideful harvested throngs.” JM

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Puccini Lectures & Strauss Master Class

Jane Marsh Lectures on Puccini's Il Trittico for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Puccini the Popular,
November 21, 11:00 AM
November 24, 6:00 PM
Ms. Marsh will conduct a Strauss Master Class, as well:
December 6, 4:00 PM - Strauss Master Class, "Spinning Strauss"
Location: Metropolitan Opera Guild, Sixth Floor, Rose Building, Lincoln Center
Tickets Purchased: 212 - 769-7028 - www.operaed.org/lectures

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reflexions on June 25

Talent is a gift from an Almighty power and the circumstance and ability to express that talent is a gift to an Almighty power!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Verdi in Verdi's Own Country - Spiritual Identity

Verdi sung in Italy, and Verdi's own native earth, ignites in the Italian audiences an uncanny identification with their own communal spirit. No holds barred! Absolutely none! And Verdi's uncanny technical understanding of the human voice and ingenuity and canny understanding of the expression of human emotion, to say nothing of his radar for sending a message, are greatest exemplified in Verdi's operas. Just pick one! And, what greater opera than Verdi's Requiem? What greater libretto than a mass? I savor Verdi's delicious serving of vocal challenge amidst the healthiest of artistic and musical palates. To again be singing Verdi, this time in northern Italy, is a natural and high wire experience. Really icing on the veritable cake, and I do love that stunning cake!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Spirit be joyful

Compiled, edited, translated, and transliterated by Jane Marsh, Spirit be joyful is an anthology of 14 songs on the theme of Advent and Christmas for high voice and piano with accompanying CD

Covering the Baroque to the contemporary, this anthology features 14 lesser-known gems in English, German, Italian, Latin, and Russian by major composers. Marsh provides faithful English singing translations. A CD with piano accompaniments is included. Perfect for solo recitals or church services.

To order, please contact your local music store or customer service at 1-800-292-0639 or order online at Oxford University Press and Amazon.com.

Gifts & Treasures
Jane Marsh (Soprano), Gerd Ohlssen (Pianist)

Available soon on Amazon.com.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Faith is Believing

“Faith is believing
And knack of perceiving
That trust is serenity
In promised divinity." JM

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Artistic Greatness

Artistic greatness, in any field, has a rare and uncanny quality of sensing life and the world head on and anew, without filtering it through warped beliefs, expectations or preconceptions. This 'divine essence' encompasses a field of wonder, and experiences a creative route filled with uncensored riches.
Putting this 'artistic dawning,' if you will, into words-written or spoken, or sung-allows all of us to see, read and hear with newborn vision, and experience with truly open heart.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


More frequently, life in us is more strongly diminished by judgment than it is by illness. The spontaneity of the natural life force becomes stifled with over scrutiny. Judgment, and or approval, is sought or practiced to please others and ourselves. It is seldom to find someone who loves us as we are, just as it is seldom to love ourselves whole.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Human Quality Substance

Aside from understanding the use of time and the ability to create and follow a vision, a true leader wields power, not via manipulation of others for personal gain out of a 'control or competition fanaticism,' rather through a true intention to see success in others, always looking at the 'big picture.' This is human-quality-substance of the highest integrity!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Worry Before Placing Bets

A good rule of thumb would be, to do your worrying before you place your bets, not after the wheel starts turning.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wagner Master Class – April 14, Met Opera Guild

Jane Marsh Wagner Master Class - Metropolitan Opera Guild, April 14
“Wagner 'Lieds' the Way,” with reference to the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner’s RING CYCLE, and Wagner’s Songs
Date of Master Class: April 14
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Metropolitan Opera Guild, Rose Building, Sixth Floor, Lincoln Center, NYC
Tickets Reserved at, 212-769-7028

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Passion Week & Good Friday

"Oh week that witnessed holy suffering!
You sound such a serious note in this blissful spring season.
In the rejuvenated rays of the sun,
You spread the shadow of the cross over the bright earth,
And silently lower your mourning crape.
Meanwhile, the spring is allowed to continue germinating.
The violet is fragrant beneath blossoming trees.
And all the birds sing songs of joy.
Oh, be silent, you birds in the green meadows!
All around, hollow-toned bells are resounding.
The angels are softly singing dirges.
Oh, quiet, you birds high up in the blue sky!
You violets, do not crown any maiden’s tresses today!
My pious girl is picking you to make a dark bouquet.
You will accompany her to the Virgin Mary’s house,
And there you will wither on the altar of the Lord.
Ah, there, intoxicated by mournful melodies,
And sweetly dazed by heavy fumes of incense,
She seeks her bridegroom in the vaults of death,
And love and springtime – everything is lost!" JM

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Has Come Again

“When the Sun’s face shows,
And there are no snows,
And the atmosphere’s clean,
And very serene,
With temperatures warmed,
To an occasional storm,
And a great transformation,
Is again in preparation,
Then Nature’s happy ring,
Welcomes in the noble spring,
And within her glory throngs,
Birds are singing budding songs.” JM

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saint Patrick’s Day & Christianity

Saying has it that,
"Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland,
As serpent symbols were early worshipped by pagans,
So, upon encountering the Druids at Tara,
It gave chance for Patrick’s true conversion hour,
And the Baptism of Druids there in "Holy Wells"
Gave way to March seventeen as the day to retell
All-world of a cherished and hallowed sanctity,
Introduced to Ireland as Christianity." JM

Friday, February 20, 2009

Met Opera & Mo. Erich Leinsdorf - You're Hired

Maestro George Schick, Music Consultant of the Metropolitan Opera at the time, had taken a big interest in me, along with the Met, since my having won the attention of several major New York critics, the likes of Irving Kolodin, Winthrop Sargeant and Harold Schonberg, all of whom had written very favorably about me, after my involvement in the Met Auditions, while I was still at Oberlin College.
Shortly thereafter, Mo. Schick called me at Oberlin, saying that Mo. Erich Leinsdorf was looking for a leading soprano to head a stellar team for the opening of the Boston Symphony season, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, and that he, Mo. Schick, and the Metropolitan Opera, would like to bring me to Mo. Leinsdorf’s attention, as well as a few other conductors. Was I willing to come back to New York and sing for Mo. Leinsdorf at the arrangement of the Met? I, in the middle of classes and finals, of course immediately mentioned this to my voice teacher at Oberlin, Ellen Repp, who simply said, “You go! I’ll take care of the school”. So off I went to New York, excited by this hugely complimentary prospect.
On the audition day, I arrived to be greeted by a mass of people assembled on the Rehearsal Stage of the Met. Not many singers, but numerous eager listeners. Mo. Leinsdorf, I later learned, was always someone who strongly demanded that one stand up to the occasion at hand, couldn’t have been less encouraging of me as I began to sing for him. Emitting a contradictory tone to everyone in the room at large, he clearly indicated that I, this kid, had been ill invited and was wasting his time:
“She’s much too young you know. I really don’t see how she can manage this”, he’s directing to Mo. Schick and everyone listening. Then, somehow caught up and convinced by what he was hearing from me, he changed completely, asking me to create colors, tempi and tone consistencies he obviously enjoyed. Suddenly, grinning enthusiastically, he blurted out: “She can do it. You’re hired!”
Later, at rehearsals in Boston, Leinsdorf took me aside, and said, "You may think I was unreasonably severe with you when you sang for me." I said nothing. He then looked at me square in the eye and said, "Yes, I may have been severe and unreasonable with you, but you delivered and stood up to me, didn't you! The test of ones worth often comes with barbs and hurdles and passing these tests is not a small matter. Remember this." He smiled at me very earnestly.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day Draws Nigh

As Valentine’s Day draws nigh,
Cupid has no malady spinning his arrows on high,
And as they soar in jubilation of this glorious day,
They awaken love’s tenderness in a celebratory array,

And in completing Cupid’s quintessence of ardent passion,
And a day of partnership and love’s glory of fashion,
They find the depths of Love's joyous spirit,
While also arousing every sensory moment of it. JM

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Think Miracles

Is it not true that, as one thinks, so does one receive? The emotional honesty in ones thinking is the integrity and result of ones living experience, and, if one is seeking a change in his living circumstance, it is surely the focused thought and integrity of giving love, to oneself and others, which can create the miracle.
A thought!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sound Elephant Trumpets

“What a wonderful animal the elephant is,
communal and constant, with loyal willingness to give,
and those elephant youngsters are actually quite capricious,
but this is really just natural baby sweetness.
And, within the herd, there is always an aunt,
in the event that a baby's mother just simply can’t
attend to watching her new baby off spring,
in which case, a 'surrogate' steps in with infant watching.
Thus, when each mother needs to bathe herself,
another elephant puts its own needs upon the shelf,
and allows each mother to step up to the plate,
keeping an eye on her baby while she bathes in the lake.
So, each elephant takes over where the other leaves off,
giving every herd member a chance at the trough.
But, most importantly is the elephant’s devotion,
tending its troubled without slightest commotion.
This is committed attention and soulful caring,
which keeps the onlooker fascinatedly staring.
Thus, we note elephant’s intuition to be incredibly noteworthy,
very like humans when on hospital duty.
And, with those massive trunks that elephants have,
they will lift a whole forest, should another be trapped,
and carry one away, between two, can it be saved,
or bury it and then mourn it, if that's the only way.
Elephants have extraordinary instinct and a captivating intelligence,
which is true reason to celebrate them with loud pomp and circumstance.
So let us jubal for elephants with robustness of cheer
and let elephant trumpets ring in vociferous fanfare!” JM

Friday, January 23, 2009

Personally Empowered Transformation

Replicating a mode of operation, in the same untempered manner, is to be faced with the reality of haphazard results, and is wearing on one’s personal transmission-as it were-to say nothing of the rest of one’s personal flow…
Governing and/or reacting to circumstances, using the same personal tools, without any further forethought and psychic tune-up, is missing the glory of personally empowered transformation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snow Bunnies

"Snow bunnies are cute and really quite sweet,
But Snow Bunnies are not at all very neat,
And Snow Bunnies are actually miraculously cunning,
As one sees them hip-pity-hop running,
Through forests and fields,
Gathering tidbits for meals,
And being ever nosy,
As they sniff the wild posies,
‘Cause Snow Bunnies, really, do quite well match,
While, happily, cavorting on a snowy white patch,
Which makes them actually quite difficult to see,
So color protection can certainly be
Advantageous for them against predator inspections
Of foxes, wolves, and hoot owl collections,
And Snow Bunnies are high in the family sort of way,
With brothers and sisters for play every day,
As Snow Bunnies have bushels…and bushels…and bushels…of children,
More than ever would be thought by you in a million,
So that is why Snow Bunnies are not very neat,
‘Cause there are just too many little bunny feet
Scampering around in the small bunny hut,
Driving their mother understandably ‘nuts,’
With all of those things that little bunnies crave,
But the discipline is strong, so those bunnies behave.” JM

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Listening is a Powerful Thing

Listening is a basic way to connect with another person. A focused and caring amount of attention is such a valuable and powerful thing to offer another. It is up to the listener to fine tune the listening receptors to the energy output of the discussion partner. This is a responsibility well worth taking seriously, considering the trusted gift being offered.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Attire Creates Ambiance

Attire choices create the ambiance of a costume for you-in private or in public-and, regarding your guests or audience-in private or in public-, attire creates the ambiance of a set and a costume as well.
Do not underestimate the importance of attire in your professional thinking. Dress for the occasion your job requires, and include your personal assets and professional station, and its expression, in your attire-choice thinking.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Talents are Gifts

Offer your talents as widely as possible. Talents are gifts and gifts are to be given.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good Rule of Thumb

In rethinking problem solving, the proportion of focus is not to be underestimated. One might glance earnestly at the negatives, but one would do well to focus strongly on the positives...A good rule of thumb is to spend twenty percent on the problem and eighty percent on the painting of it fixed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Changing Personally Inappropriate Patterns

Personally inappropriate and destructive patterns and ideas are changed not by Will necessarily, but by other ideas. One can assume that two very powerful ingredients and levers go hand-in-hand with this concept to change. These are convictions held by almost everyone:
(1) the belief and feeling that one is capable of holding his own, doing his share, exercising a certain amount of independence, and,
(2) the belief that one houses a certain something within, which should not be allowed to suffer indignities.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Music of Tone

No matter how trivial, uncomfortable, or profound the suggestion or news, it is the tone of presentation, which makes the music. There is nothing, which cannot be received in a positive light, if presented in an acceptable tone.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Limitless Joy

"The characteristic of limitless Joy,
Found in a person, a place or a toy,
Is the basis for the strongest of lasting treasures,
Which really adds to the world’s greatest of lasting pleasures,
Offering a key to a most divine love,
And an energy within, all around, and above,
Which can open a door to a personal glory,
In a way materialism cannot add to this story,
And lends an enthusiastic existence to all,
Igniting the leader within to reign tall.
So, recognizing one who can empower with greatest of might,
Is seeing seed to everyone soaring on personal heights.” JM

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

And in the gleaming of starlit shine,
To that lowly manger, those kings drew nigh.
They looked at HIM, at the wondrous Boy,
And paid HIM homage with prayer and Joy.
And bringing Gold and Frankincense, Myrrh,
They offered them to the infant so dear!
Oh child of man! Hold your step so true.
The kings did wander, so wander you too!
The star of mercy, the star of love,
Is bright’ning your goal, while you seek your Lord,
And failing Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh,
Offer your heart to your Savior so dear.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

New Year Zest

“The entrance of the NEW YEAR
Chimes and echoes of great cheer,
It’s all about that, which conquers,
And quite less of that, which falters…
There’s encouragement of unfilled dreams
And visions of that esteemed.
Nothing wants to be easy peasy,
But looks toward vast and quantum leapings.
There’s an ending to the old,
with a hint of things untold,
A slate of resolutions,
And devoutly new solutions,
A diet here, a promise there,
And a time for passions found with new sought flare.
It's not a time to settle for less,
So look forward with ZEST for BEST!" JM

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Spirit be joyful

“The rejoicing of Christmas
Is majestic and spiritual,
No boundaries, no barriers,
Just caring and ritual,
And that feeling of oneness,
Which evolves from it all,
Is that of its essence up above,
O’ so tall:
Celebrate unto others,
Thy friend, family and stranger,
In brother’ hood and fellow love,
As though then by that Manger.” JM

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advent Ending

"The Advent season is now ending. A season filled with the anticipation of Christmas blessings. The songs of Maria experience added rhapsody, like intricate bridges joining in spiritual bonding." JM

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wondrous Christmas Grace

“Softly floating o’er the Lands like a greeting from the stars,
One feels the bond of joyous love, gently throughout the world.

Every heart with strong desire is happy to be an offering,
As the fest of love and Christmas nears, o so very, very softly.

And the heaven’s glow is bursting forth with a thousand flickering stars,
As the Christmas fest of enchanted love soars from all distant shores.

And chiming from the heavens is a Christmas song of the Holy Night,
While brightly shining out of every window are wonders of a Christmas light,

And a shimmering glow is painted on every person’s face,
Showing all the joyous pleasures of this wondrous Christmas Grace.” JM

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


"In the blankets of snow,
The world takes on a glow
Of a time of the seasons
With ev’ry good reason
To take out your skis
Swoop down mountains with ease,
Or find a froz’ lake
And skate ‘til you break,
From exhaustion, or freeze,
Or, God..., start to sneeze.
But, after your play,
There is more t' the day,
‘Cause then everyone gathers
For a little thereof after.
So you take off your boots,
Settle down with the group,
Build a fire with some logs,
And drink plenty of grog.” JM

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Vocal Power

Talking brings people together, but singing touches the soul of the universe.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Metropolitan Opera Guild, Singers' Series, Dec 9 & 11

Jane Marsh Mistress of Ceremonies with the Metropolitan Opera Guild
Theme: The Singers' Series - Reference to Vocal Ease in the Master Class and Audition Situations - focus on preparation, attitude, repertoire...
Panel Discussion with experts:
December 9, ‘08 Panel Discussion
Mistress of Ceremonies
– Jane Marsh – International Singer, Lecturer, Vocal Coach
Panel Guests:
Lucy Arner – University of Houston, TX – Head Opera Department, Conductor, Coach, Accompanist
Ann Benson – Columbia College, SC – Singer, Voice Teacher
Ira Siff – Master Class Teacher, Met Broadcasts, Performer, Voice Teacher, Director
Dona Vaughn – Manhattan School of Music, NYC - Head Opera Department, Director
December 11, ‘08 Panel Discussion
Mistress of Ceremonies – Jane Marsh – International Singer, Lecturer, Vocal Coach
Panel Guests:
Jane Klaviter – Bel canto Institute and Metropolitan Opera Coach/Prompter
Ken Benson – Columbia Artist Management – Manager Ken Benson Division CAMI
Joe Colaneri – Head of Opera Department Mannes School , NYC – Metropolitan Opera Conductor
Gayletha Nichols - Met Opera National Council Auditions

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, December 9 & 11
Location: Metropolitan Opera Guild, Sixth Floor, Rose Building, Lincoln Center
Ticket price: $16.00, in advance – $20.00, at the door
Reservations, Metropolitan Opera Guild: 212 769-7028 – www.operaed.org

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Diva Debonair

"Utmost territorially and quite gloriously,
Divas command their territory quite notoriously.
With colorful leadership and confident flare,
Divas offer an exemplary debonair,
And, though not intending to annoy,
Divas emit confidence as a ploy,
Inspiring another to his personal worth,
Not to emulate some other's impersonal girth." JM

Monday, December 01, 2008


True power is the ability to motivate, love, encourage, and help people recognize who they are.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent Beginning

"The season of Advent is now beginning. A season filled with the anticipation of Christmas blessings. The songs of Maria experience new singing, like blankets spread throughout the Lands in treasured bonding." JM

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Essence

"A day of great thanks for long held tradition,
No Indian pranks, just harvested submissions,
And food from so many, there is plenty of plenty,
No lacking in any for so, so, so many,
So when there's good chance and in the right stance,
One quietly stays and under breath prays,
For all being together and staying in tether,
For singing glory songs prideful harvested throngs." JM

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Menu

"Laughing Thanksgiving Throngs,
Loving Thanksgiving Mirth,
Exuberant Thanksgiving Songs,
Create a Thanksgiving menu on Earth!" JM

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mountain-Climbing Over Molehills

It has been said that, "mountain-climbing over molehills is the greatest cause of ulcers." Not a bad concept and worth the thought. And, it is not to be forgotten, that, "talking brings people together" and "charm" eases the pain!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

People Mirrors

People mirrors are other people who, in interaction with us, act as mirrors to show us something, or somethings, we are doing for or against ourselves.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Inspiration & Renewed Enthusiasm

Surrounding yourself with inspiration and a constant and a renewed enthusiasm is a road to success. Then bond and commit to success and let it take you wherever it takes you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Awards & Rewards

Awards are offered by the universe and rewards offered by the Divine.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


To know change, is to know revelation and progress. If your world is snagged, it may be YOU who is creating the snag. If you value yourself and those surrounding you, challenge yourself to gaze inward, correct yourself, and you offer your world the ingredients for a beautiful change.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hope is like Dope

“As a Goal for the Soul,
To motivate and to conquer,
Hope is like Dope,
To better see ourselves stronger;
It is not that we can’t,
Just that we don’t understand
That the obstacles help us
Stay on track in command;
And some lessons are learned,
Through the difficult fracas,
Most noteworthy are they,
That they really do take us
To a personal freedom
Ourselves to win steely,
To achieve our Goals cleanly,
Completely and freely." JM

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Birthday Wishes

Fill your mind with the seeds of your desires for today and you create the opportunities of your desires fulfilled tomorrow. Your mind is your garden of thoughts and wishes. The seeds of your thoughts and wishes will flower and bare fruit, so every year the opportunity to blow out your birthday candles and make a wish, is an opportunity for your thoughts and wishes to become reality. This is like a magical door for fulfillment, so savor your beautiful thoughts and wishes now, and be creative.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Like Attracts Like

Like attracts like. This seems to be an inevitable universal law.
We, therefore, do not escape the results of our actions - good and also less good.
What is necessary to realize here, is that reciprocation does not always come from the source from where the good or bad took place.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Progress Withstands Rejection

Progress means also being able to withstand rejection.
Many people feel that when something is tried once and rejected, enough time has been invested. This thinking is where many people fall down. The worst that can happen if you fail the first time is picking yourself up again, regrouping, and trying once-or more than once-again. Persistence is the great secret to progress and to success.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Fame vs. Saleability

A singularly accrued success-no matter how large-and the resulting fame from this success, can last indefinitely, but the saleability for this success lasts only two-to-three years, unless a new image is created by newly invented marketing, which adds up to a new success.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Undertanding Essence

The experience of receiving, is understanding that the substance, or main characteristic of a thing, is what is wanted, rather than the form.
If you are a mother who wants grandchildren and are caring for your daughter's friend's children, you have received the essence of what you want!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Situation Radar

The more you understand what you are learning from a situation, the more rapidly you can leave it.
Things have a way of hanging on and repeating, even if with new players playing old roles, when understanding lacks.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Jane Marsh Interview on YouTube

Documenting my interview with Cable TVs Lina del Tinto is now the presence of a five minute segment, from this hour and a half interview, on the Internet and YouTube. In this segment-interview, I recall my first invitation to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, its having taken me under its wing-so to speak-the thrill of first performing Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, at the Festivale dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and my view of the importance of languages, among other themes. I repeat my October, 2007 tribute to the late Lina del Tinto below:
"Some people enter our lives with the majestic energy to coax our hearts to blossom and tango…
They beckon us to open our eyes to accept a more magnificent glory.
They remain with us for a while, move us deeply, and then they quietly travel on…
We are forever touched by their magical noblesse…
And, gratefully…we are never ever to be the same." JM

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Acknowledge Who You Are

In order to attract people who will support, appreciate and acknowledge you, you must do that for yourself. So, the degree to which you acknowledge who you are will be the degree to which you receive support for your acknowledgement.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Projecting Size - Theatrics

Physical size "on-stage" is not determined by the reality of actual feet and inches "off-stage," but by projecting the physical body language of an "on-stage" character. One can use an imposing "off-stage" physique to advantage, "on-stage," by incorporating large, emphatic movements, or one can diminish the same individually imposing size, "on-stage," by using small, collected movements. The tempo of movement is governed by the character one is portraying.
The size reality, "on-stage," has very little to do with "off-stage" size reality. This is magical theatrics called body language, and incorporated by artists who know how to use the tricks of the trade!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Greatness Ingredient

An ingredient for greatness is often a mastery of more than one thing, often in more than one area. Each "polished diamond" catapults the other into a grander sphere of specialty, upping the mastery standard plateau.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


“Autumn is also known as fall,
Why, nobody really knows at all,
Except Autumn does get colder,
And the leaves do get older,
And they do fall to the ground,
Making room for a Round
Of leaves which do please,
While they are still on the trees,
In such a colored array,
Actually seen best by Day
With the Sun leaning on them
And the Wind waving to them,
Before they do fall,
When it is fall,
Also known to us all,
As Autumn." JM

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

"Halloween plays to the guises,
To say nothing of just plain surprises,
Everyone "dressed up” in inventive costumes
Like Dracula, Goons, and outlandish Buffoons,
And sitting at home by a little lighted stove,
One anticipates costumed kids to start on the rove,
And, meanwhile, one enjoys the smell of a pumpkin candle scent,
While one waits for gnomes on their Halloween treat gathering bents,” JM

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Creativity, You & Your Time

As a creative artist, a major key into personally realizing the 'devotion quota' you invest in your craft, is understanding where, with what, and with whom you spend your time and your thoughts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


In some degree, creative artists need continual reinvention. Continual reinvention keeps public interest and saleability alive, however small or large.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beautiful vs. Artistic

The beautiful performance is surely desirable and sought after, but beauty alone is not enough to create a lasting memory legacy. It is artistry in performance, which makes it memorable. If both entities are present, it may be uniquely 'Individual.'

Monday, October 27, 2008


Criticism is important feedback toward excellence and a strong self-esteem, but we must be careful not to put our self-esteem in the hands of those who would criticize.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Risk Can Set Precedent

Interesting that throughout history innovators of note have usually been risk takers. This is notable in all facets of culture, power, politics, science, spirituality...Those who believed in ideas, trusting introduction of those ideas to wider audiences, very often set precedent in their own areas of expertise as well as on a universal level.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


The importance of being ready is the luckiest part of luck.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Forgiveness comes when we see, and emotionally accept, that there was nothing really to forgive.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Music Always

There is always music in the world. We must just silence the volume of our thoughts to hear it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Joy is Singing

Singing-even if one is not a singer-reaches the very core of ones being and ignites the unseen energies into a flood of positivism. This JOY is more therapeutic than meets the eye.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Jane Marsh Verdi Lecture - October 23

Jane Marsh Verdi Lecture for Metropolitan Opera Guild, October 23
Theme: Verdi Middle Years, with reference to the Metropolitan Opera's productions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and La Traviata coming this season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Dates of Lecture: October 23
Time: 2:00 to 3:15 PM
Location: Metropolitan Opera Guild, Rose Building, Sixth Floor, Lincoln Center, NYC
Ticket Price: $16.00

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Love & Creativity

Creativity is the expression of love. Love is an expression of creativity. Taking risk and releasing control are strong ingredients for both.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Gratitude for the ease as well as the struggle one faces in ones path creates a universal support energy. Somehow, the positivism in gratitude connects to an energy that opens doors to positive progress. Struggle tells us what needs fixing and the lack of struggle tells us what's been fixed. Be grateful!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Word Hungry

Indulging in poetry and literature, whether as creator, reader, or performer, shows a hunger for words.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Change the World

The world around you need not change your uniqueness. Your uniqueness need change the world around you.

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