I was pleased to see the announcement of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in my NATS Bulletin and to know that it is an ongoing success. It has been nineteen years since I was a part of that first group of singers and pianists, and it still remains one of the highlights of my professional career.
The work I did with the splendid faculty at the Institut
has been invaluable to me as teacher and artist. I still refer to the
marks in my scores from that time, and the knowledge of the poetry and
language that I gained there has informed my coaching and singing ever
since. The equal importance of the text/language along with the music
has always been a priority of mine, but I am continually amazed/dismayed
to find that many others in the profession do not treat it so. The goals
and curriculum of the Franz-Schubert-Institut make an important contribution
to the development of real artists, not just singers. Please give my fondest
greetings to those on the faculty who may still remember me --- I have
not forgotten them.