Musicians Acquiring Muscles!!!

I’ve decided it’s time for this blog to go back to its roots and focus on MUSICIANS.  Up to this point, I’m been very fortunate in getting my dancer friends to share their dance and audition secrets, and I would like to say thank you one more time to all of them!  I hope you found their insight helpful.

NOW I would like focus on three musicians trying to get into shape and expand their physical horizons!  Well, two and a half musicians that is.  Candace Chien, Eva Parr,  and myself!  (I’m the half!)  Eva is a trained opera singers with a gorgeous voice.  Candace Chien is a classical pianist studying at Manhattan School of Music.  I’m a dancer and musical theatre actress who at times dabbles in the classical music world.  For the next two months, I would like to chronicle our adventures as we attempt to get into shape while navigating the treacherous seas of day jobs, rehearsals, budgetary woes, old injuries, and ennui with the elliptical at the gym.  Hopefully our adventures will inspire you to up your own physical activity and give you fun creative ideas of how to do so while staying within your own boundaries, whatever they may be.

So, for this entry, I would simply like to introduce you to Candace, Eva, Hannah, and myself (who I’ve actually spoken fairly little about I believe.)

 

CANDACE

 

 

Musical “profession”:

I am a classical pianist, and a soon-to-be graduate from Manhattan School of Music’s masters degree. I also teach, both group and private piano lessons and am preparing for international chamber music competitions with my duo partner-violinist.

Proudest Music Moment to Date:

I think one of my crowning moments in my musical career thus far was my most recent participation in our school’s Eisenberg-Fried concerto competition. I had practiced for accuracy, and integrated good technique to a new level, in order to give a creative and musically compelling performance. It was a definitive moment of barrier breaking – almost as if the rest of my life and career started from then on.  (To see a video of Candace playing in this competition – click here! )

Why do you want to incorporate more physical activity into your routine?

I am extremely unaware of my body. If one asked me to move certain muscle groups, I would look at you in obvious confusion. One of the troubles that many musicians have is tension. If I am aware of what’s going on in my body more, I am better equipped to identify tension that may be causing technical issues in my playing. I certainly also don’t mind a healthier lifestyle (and setting an example for a significant other who is a bum) and toning up over all.

Fitness goal:

Not sure, really. I think if I can get to do something regularly, not wimp out, or trip, fall and injure myself, that’s a win.

Biggest challenge in achieving said goal:

Doing it, and not wimping out or out-prioritizing it with practicing, cooking, eating, cuddling, TV or Facebook or something.

Maximum you would like to spend on fitness per week:

Again, not going to get ahead of myself here. I’d like to set a low goal like, 2 hours of organized practice (like a class), and maybe another 2 spread out in my own personal practice chunks.

Favorite exercise you have to tried to date:

Yoga was nice when I was going more often, if only because it was great for quieting the mind. This is also tried with wiffle ball, but the reason I like wiffle ball is because I like yelling at people, but that’s a whole other story.

Exercise you most eager to try in the future:

More dance! I think it lessens my general inhibitions with my body.

 

EVA

 

 

Musical “profession”: 

Operatic mezzo-soprano

Proudest Music Moment to Date:  

Performing the role of Cherubino in Amore Opera’s “Le nozze di Figaro”

Why do you want to incorporate more physical activity into your routine? 


Being reasonably physically fit does a lot for my self esteem, and like anyone in the performing arts, I have confidence issues that can come between me and my performance.  The more confident I am in my own skin, the more likely I am to give a better performance and then be able to challenge myself to that next level.  It also goes without saying that in this industry, appearance does factor in with talent and hard work.  I want to present myself as a well-rounded package- as well as fit into those pants-role pants.

Fitness goal: 

I mostly want to tone up overall, and I’d be happy losing 3-5 pounds.  Being able to WEAR and feel comfortable in all of my clothes at any time is essential!

Biggest challenge in achieving said goal:


My crazy schedule and my tendency to snack on baked goods.  When I’m rehearsing for a show (or two), most days are 13 hour days and I can only dream about the fun fitness classes I’d like to go to.  So I cry into my blueberry muffin.

Maximum you would like to spend on fitness per week:

$40

Favorite exercise you have to tried to date:


Salsa dancing!  I’m also a fan of Zumba, pilates and yoga.

Exercise you most eager to try in the future:


Other/all types of ballroom dancing!  I’m also curious about kickboxing.

 

 

 

MEGAN

 

 

Musical “profession”:

Musical Theatre Actress

 

Proudest Music Moment to Date:

Learning and performing the soprano chorus to Bizet’s Carmen with Amore Opera.

 

Why do you want to incorporate more physical activity into your routine?

In musical theatre, dance is incredibly important, as is how you look in a leotard.  I would like to expand the genres of dance and movement that I feel comfortable in and look better in a leotard.

 

Fitness goal:

First off, I would like to say that I do not weigh myself.  I used to obsess about every singe pound and feel chained to my scale.  It was a horrible feeling for me, and I feel like I did not enjoy life, nor was I at my most svelte figure to date.  My fitness goal is slim down slightly, build up my core strength, and explore new movement styles.  In the past, I’ve been very dedicated to ballet, contemporary, and “theatre dance.”  I would love to try some latin, ballroom, swing, aeriel silks, and surprise myself with what my body can do!

 

Biggest challenge in achieving said goal:

Money.  I wish I had $89 to put down for a ballroom dancing class, but alas, I do not.

 

Maximum you would like to spend on fitness per week:

ABSOLUTE tops is $72, but am aiming to strive for $54.

 

Favorite exercise you have to tried to date:

Ballet!  I also love Zumba with Danielle Pierce!

 

Exercise you most eager to try in the future:

Aerial Silks!

 

April 24, 2012 |