JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Thinking about Europe….

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Hello dear readers. I apologize for my lack of posts lately. I am in the middle of rehearsals for “Patience” and caroling season is quick approaching. (And a busy season it will be indeed!)

But I wanted to let everyone know of some of my exciting new happenings on the horizon. I know I talked about doing the European audition thing a little while ago. Well, things have been moving along quite well on that front as far as planning. I now have a small studio apartment booked in Vienna for seven weeks starting on February 15th. It’s in the 2nd district (located between the old city and the Danube) and the building is right next to an U-Bahn stop. It may be small, but it has everything I need, including a small kitchen so I can make my own meals to save money. I also will be able to practice daily during daytime hours. (This of course was an important requirement when choosing where to stay.) The contract is signed and the deposit is made!

I also was lucky to have built up enough frequent flyer miles over the last few years to be able to fly to and from Europe just on my miles. (Yay!) I couldn’t get directly to Vienna that way, but I will be flying to and from Munich, and will get a small plane to and from Vienna from there. (So far, the prices on those look pretty decent.)

So the biggies are covered. I’ve been working on my audition rep and will have to have everything ready as far as mailing my materials to different agents and theatres a few weeks before I leave. I’m not only going to try for the whole opera thing, but will also be focusing on operetta and oratorio. I’ve done a lot of solo baroque oratorio rep, and I know that there’s some potential for work in that regard as well.

I’ve decided that I will try to blog as regularly as possible while I am over there – both from the singing AND travel aspects of it all! I mean – how exciting – I’ll be there to sing, but there will be many days of non-singing where I can just get out there and see what there is to see. (And then share it with all of you!) I can’t wait.

Of course, I’ll have my camera with me to document my journeys along the way.

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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?

One thought on “Thinking about Europe….

  1. Can’t wait to see your pics and read about your travels and experiences!

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