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The Website Has Arrived

Emboldened and encouraged, I took the plunge and made a website: joyceyin.com

I held off on making one for several years. Actually, I bought a domain (a different one) years ago but never did anything with it. I remember paying for several years in advance instead of using the annual renewal feature and thinking to myself, “This number of years should be enough time for me to figure out whether I’m going to make it in this business.”

In that time, I’ve had who knows how many lessons and coachings, taken an entire Master’s degree worth of classes, practiced a lot, had my eyes opened, blindfolded, opened again, made discoveries, gotten very confused, experienced anxiety and frustration, felt really awesome about my singing, doubted myself, learned to lighten up a bit, let go of negativity, pushed myself, been exhausted, been totally pumped up and inspired, graduated, moved across the country, resumed working full-time and singing on the side, and even have gotten to perform some. But it wasn’t until very recently I felt ready to have a website.

I’m not sure what my definition of “ready” was or is, or what the definition might be for others, but clearly something has happened recently to help me feel otherwise. Perhaps the optimism and excitement I’ve been experiencing lately have nudged me past the tipping point. I am singing differently, and I think about singing differently. I haven’t completely figured out this complicated relationship I have with music, but I feel better about it, more positive.

So take a singer, add a dose of positivity and a sprinkle of encouragement, and you get a website.

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My new website: joyceyin.com

Also, making a website has gotten a million times easier in the past few years. What used to seem like a towering, daunting task is now fun. No coding skills required, just the ability to drag and drop, and a somewhat artistic eye is helpful to have but not altogether necessary. I think it’s also an accurate observation that having a digital presence is much more of a given than it used to be, and at an earlier stage of one’s career too. These days, a website where curious parties can click around is almost as basic as having a resume and headshot. The Internet sure has changed a lot of things, hasn’t it?

So you may have noticed a few changes around the blog recently as some information — “official” stuff such as repertoire, schedule, etc. — gets moved over to the new site. But fear not, this blog won’t be going away. I’ll continue to write here: reflecting, pondering, arriving at new ideas, sharing my journey. This is where you can still find the behind the scenes goodies, glimpses into the raw world of classical singing, the inner workings, and my inner thoughts.

But please do visit the website and let me know what you think!

 

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Competition and Contemplation

I had a lot to be grateful for this year, developments and opportunities I was eager to share, but I deliberated for a while before deciding to share some of my very private thoughts about singing in this year’s Musical Merit. It would have been easier to say nothing about my experience, but as this blog is about life and not just the best and most amazing parts of being a singer, I felt it was important not to sweep it under the rug.

So what happened? I was nervous in the hours leading up to my time slot, but once the music started, most of the nerves melted away. I started with “At the Well,” and the judges asked for “Silver Aria,” Presentation of the Rose, and “Green.” Everything went just fine. Nothing terrible happened. Perhaps if something had gone horribly wrong, I would have been able to come up with a clear cause-and-effect — I made Debussy roll over in his grave with my intonation and horrible French diction, therefore I did not place. 

There were a few things I wish I’d done differently (hmmm that C# could have been narrower and taller), but overall, I was happy with how I sang. I left the room in a great mood and ready to enjoy the rest of my mini-vacation:

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Feeling pretty good after the semi. San Diego, 2014.

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