Our vocal coach Lindy Miller-Castro has performed with nearly every ensemble option available, including but not limited to jazz choirs, chamber madrigal choirs, jazz bands, wind ensembles, percussion ensembles and symphony chorus.
What’s your favorite meal to eat after a day of teaching?
Green apple and nut butter and bone broth with rice noodles. It doesn’t sound like they go well together, but they do. They really do.
What’s your go-to song to sing in the shower?
The clarinet intro from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Or, really, nerdy as it is, arpeggios while shampooing are my real go-to. The shower tiles are also great acoustics for slowing down riffs and trying them out in different keys.
If you could pick any artist dead or alive to meet — who would it be and why?
Ani DiFranco- she influenced my voice so much at a formative age, and I would be curious to know if she speaks in well-crafted lyrical metaphors or just says “um” and “like” like the rest of us.
What do you enjoy most about being a vocal coach?
Constantly being exposed to new music. I was hugely under-informed about what was current before I started teaching. There are great things being created out there.
What artist would you pick to go on tour with and why?
Sara Bareilles. She is always doing something fun and different in her live shows and I want in on that. Also, she appears to be a kind human. We are going to be stuck on a tour together…kindness sounds nice.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The “ah-ha” eyes. When a student makes things happen out of their faces and bodies that they have only heard other people do and never imagining creating themselves… those ah-ha eyes are just the greatest.
What is your all time favorite album?
Yuck. This question! So final! I can’t answer. I can tell you I blasted the Bodyguard soundtrack to excess at one point in my life.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life — what would it be?
Is it on repeat and I can’t turn it off? Cage’s 4:33, for sure. Is the world mostly silent but I have enough coin to activate one jukebox? Seal’s Kiss From a Rose. Sorry, two answers but they really are two totally different scenarios!
Which artist would you like to be one of your students?
I’m going with comedic artist here and picking Tina Fey. I feel that no further explanation is necessary.
Who is your biggest guilty pleasure musician?
Tribute/cover albums are a guilty pleasure…like Where is My Mind, a tribute to the Pixies. It’s so 90s. I love it.