More and more I find myself working in Princeton! I love its small-town feel, cozy coffee shops, tree-lined streets, and the diversity of people. You can find me every Sunday singing in the choir loft at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays teaching for the Princeton Family YMCA. There, we are blessed to have a beautiful classroom to use at the world-class Westminster Choir College. Yesterday, my studens had access to technology they don't have at home...they were able to Google "Shosholoza" by request and sing it for the class. You may not know that this song is considered to be the second national anthem of South Africa. Were those students from South Africa? No...so I think it's amazing that they are aware of music like this. One of my students is in the Princeton Girl Choir, and she sang beautifully while her brother tried to play the notes on the piano. I'm so happy to be able to offer this time of music exploration for them. We have one uninterrupted hour of music play and discovery with a piano, projectors, speakers and computers. The whole world is at our fingertips and I'm so excited that these kids dive right in.
You know...when I moved up to the northeast, this southern girl didn't know what to expect...but I have so much respect for Princeton and the cultural community it creates.
*stay tuned for another venture in Princeton to be announced in the next couple of weeks!!!
Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.