End THIS year by looking back, celebrating your achievements and everything you are proud of!
Make a list of your accomplishments and brainstorm together with a friend who knows you well and who can help out, if you get stuck.
Dear GVAI students, supporters and friends,
I hope you enjoyed GVAI's holiday blog special and the time of Advent. I am very grateful for the past weeks that I spent in Germany, singing concerts, visiting collegues and preparing for upcoming workshops and GVAI's summer program 2017. Soon I will be back on the plane to Seattle. I am looking forward to meet the other part of my beloved family there, my friends and students.
I wish you all happy holidays, time to enjoy, time to rest, time to be grateful and for those of you singing concerts, a healthy and beautiful voice. Musicians all over the world bring so much happiness to other people. We are needed, we are important to the society, although our value is often not reflected by the money we earn. Let us bring our gift to the world, let us sing, let us play!
Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
GVAI's has also a holiday gift for you. Send us a short email on Dec. 25th (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us your favorite Holiday music. The first person answering will receive a gift of a 45 minute online coaching (German diction or voice coaching, audition preparation, German language or career management advice). The winner will be contacted by email on Dec. 26.
Der Heilige Abend (Christmas Eve) is in Germany the evening preceding the Christmas day. Families and friends get together for the celebration. Some families visit the church service, singing Christmas carols, open the gifts they received. Santa Claus (Weihnachtsmann) is coming or the Christkind. One song cannot be missed on this night: Stille Nacht - Stilent Night.
The countdown is running. The preparation for the Festtage (Holidays) needs to be finished soon. Grocery shopping is done. Germans celebrate Christmas already at December 24th, the Christmas eve. In my family it is tradition to eat German potato salad and sausage in the evening after returning from the church service.
The Christmas star originates in Mexico and it can be found everywhere in Germany during the Holiday season, decorating homes and shops with its beautiful red and green leaves.
Have you ever heard about a Schwibbogen? Ask a person in Germany and everybody will know. Of course. There is no real translation for this decorative candle-holder. It originated in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), a part of Saxony in Germany. The first Schwibbogen was found in 1740. It is an expression of the miners' wish to see the light during their longs shifts underground. The bow represents the entrance to the mine and the light the lamps that where hung on the wall in the mine.
Often Schwibbögen (Plural of Schwibbogen) show mining and craftsmen themes: miners, carvers, hammers, lights, later also symbols of the Nativity and the Holiday season in general.
This is the huge Schwibbogen of the Striezelmarket in Dresden. It is over 6 meter long and people can walk on it to enjoy the view over the Christmas market.
It's all about great singing!
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Most blog posts from June 2017 - June 2018 were written by GVAI's blogger Anikka Abbott who has just started her journalism studies. We already miss her. Learn more about her here or connect with her on Facebook.
Hello, I am Christine, the director of GVAI, a passionate singer, German diction, voice and performance coach. I love music, singing and dancing. Life is an exciting journey and I invite you to walk with me....