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About christinepoythress

Tiny Biography: Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, I’ve wandered from coast to coast, so I am a bit of a gypsy. I left home at 17 only to come back to mama’s house seven times—but all that’s Sprinkled amid my wanderings are the many creative hats I’ve worn. Like many artistic souls, I have supported myself with my craft (singing in multiple churches) and with those ubiquitous pesky food and beverage jobs. Most of my adult life, I have been an actor/ singer/musician of one ilk or another. I started out as a folkie, but, after I fled to California in 1970, I discovered classical singing. So while I was in LA studying singing, I began taking acting classes. I wanted to be an opera singer who did more than park and bark. I had a few tiny parts in commercials and feature films—got my toe wet with extra work. Chasing the operatic dream, I did a stint in Manhattan studying and coaching while serving steaks at the fabulous Mrs. J’s Sacred Cow. I had the opportunity to sing three guest performances of the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden—2 for the New York Knicks and 1 for the Rangers. That was a thrill. Shedding my operatic skin, I moved back south in 1980 spending the next 13 years belting out country and rock tunes. During this 13 year hiatus from the legit singing (I am a soprano), I played “flattop” guitar in a variety of country bands and was the “girl” singer at the Silver Saddle Saloon in Atlanta, GA. I also worked the Southeastern hotel circuit as a solo act. I played the gamut of venues from swanky to honky-tonks—thankfully, though I did witness a brawl or two, at no time did I perform behind chicken wire. I went back to school when I was 43 and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree; then, it was off to Nashville where I earned my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 2000. After graduation I began teaching in academia in the spring of 2001. I got involved with Instructional technology during the mid-2000’s. Now I teach primarily online classes for both Middle Tennessee State University and Chicago City Colleges. In 2009, I began working in film and television again—with a bit of theater thrown in for good measure. I now call myself a freelancer because I have 3 university adjunct positions, a church job, work as an actor, teach a bit of voice in my private studio, work as a Digital Faculty Consultant for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and, occasionally, pet sit for my friends.

Hola there…thank you for stopping by…

Navigating “life in the hyphen” Source: Hola there…thank you for stopping by… Advertisements

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A Gay Dad’s Letter to Michelle Duggar

Originally posted on evoL =:
By now, unless your name is Rip Van Winkle and you have just awoken, everyone is aware of the Duggar scandal. Josh Duggar, the bright shining star of the anti-gay right, and a focal point of…

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Syllabus addition

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadia-dawisha-/how-syllabi-can-help-combat-sexual-assault-on-campus_b_6423844.html

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born That way

born That way.

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Kabuki

Kabuki

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Words from Plato

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. 

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Complete performance: Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire

Chicago Symphony Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2cBUJmDr8

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Should teachers be using social media in the classroom?

PBS NEWSHOUR  BY GAIL LEICHT AND DON GOBLE  October 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM EDT http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/social-media-valuable-tool-teachers/

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Prezi-Course Wrap Up–my experiment

I liked the look of the Prezi presentations so much I decided to experiment for myself.  In the beginning of my courses I have students define music in whatever terms come to their minds.  I thought this would be a … Continue reading

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Survey with Google Docs

Here’s a little midterm survey I created for my Columbia State Community College Music Appreciation Course: http://goo.gl/forms/v4a8uhtfH5 This was relatively easy to do and only took me about half an hour–most of the time was used deciding what to ask … Continue reading

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