JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

The mystery of the voice…

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I’m sitting here tonight thinking about how well-behaved and cooperative my voice has been for me these last couple of weeks. Besides starting rehearsals for “Oklahoma!”, I haven’t had anything else on my singing plate – which, believe me, is a well-needed break. But I really had to chuckle. Why is it at these times – when I have no auditions or performances for the next month or so – that my voice wants to be a perfect little angel?

I feel like vocal superwoman. (Of course by saying that, I will surely have jinxed it, but so be it.) I was rocking out my musical theatre voice on the same day as practicing my high E’s in Durch Zärtlichkeit. And I even popped out a high F with ease without even trying. I’m sure when I need these vocal acrobatics to be at my beck and call, they will head for the hills, but I’m rather enjoying this little stint of no-pressure singing. Perhaps I’ll even be able to channel in to this feeling psychologically the next time I actually really need it. But if anything, it’s one of those wonderful reminders of why I chose to sing in the first place – not for money, not for fame, not for anything else but the simple and wonderful enjoyment of it!

Happy singing everyone!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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