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No Song Is Safe From Us - The NYFOS Blog
 |  Christine Taylor Price

I have always been a huge Doris Day fan. She is the whole package. Hysterical, a fantastic actress both comedic and dramatic, and was one of the most famous recording artists from the 40’s to the late 60’s recording more than 650 songs. I remember the first movie I saw her in- Calamity Jane. People! […]




 |  Steven Blier

I was out of sorts today. I had to get up uncharacteristically early (5:30 AM), and after a productive morning I got snagged by an infuriating series of delays that made me twenty minutes late for rehearsal. It seems to be my special gift to squander a luxury of time and end up in the […]




 |  Steven Blier

We had visitors today, two people I was especially looking forward to meeting. César Parreño’s parents flew in from Ecuador to visit their son and hear next Wednesday’s concert. I am always excited to meet my students’ families, but this was something special. You see, César is the first person from Ecuador ever to attend […]




 |  Steven Blier

One picture, worth 1000 words: Santiago Pizarro showing Leonardo Granados some cool Peruvian rhythms. First on drums, then at the piano, grooving to a sexy, exotic beat.  It was a side of Santiago I had never seen, though I suspected it was there. The two of them had quite an amazing little jam session. Santiago […]




 |  Steven Blier

I don’t know how Adam Cates and Mary Birnbaum do it. They are able to sustain positive energy hour after hour as we slam this show together. Today we had an ambitious agenda, and when I heard them say “We’ll stage the four operetta numbers in two hours,” I raised an eyebrow. And no, we […]




 |  Steven Blier

We had our first day of rehearsal today for this year’s NYFOS@Juilliard show, Cubans in Paris. It’s a tricky process: more than half of my cast is also rehearsing The Mother of Us All by Virgil Thomson, scheduled for performances at the Metropolitan Museum in early February. I cannot imagine what it feels like to […]




 |  nyfos

Baritone Theo Hoffman, an NYFOS Emerging Artist alumnus and member of NYFOS’s Artist Council, answers our questions on growing up in Manhattan, upcoming productions, and the significance of the word ‘song’. Hear Theo perform with NYFOS on tour to Tucson, AZ in Killer B’s on January 30. While still a student at Juilliard, you helped […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

We seem to be living in the age of the “reboot,” when people can’t get enough fresh takes on old tales. And the word “Hanukkah” might even be creatively translated as such. This year’s hit collection of holiday covers and originals, HANUKKAH+, includes the likes of Jack Black, Yo La Tengo, and Loudon Wainwright III, […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

Over the last hundred years, Hanukkah has swelled in significance and popularity among the American Jewish community. In a twist, this trend strangely seems to suit the ancient rabbinic injunction that the holiday miracle ought to be publicized far and wide. In the last decade, social media has provided countless opportunities for increasingly creative, occasionally […]