• Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 2

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part two of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady! This video includes portions from Act 1, Scenes iii and v, through “Just You Wait.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! If you missed Part 1, you’ll find it here: Stay tuned for the rest of My Fair Lady in the coming weeks – and check out my full recital here! It was so fun to work…

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    My Fair Lady: Part 1

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part one of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady! This video includes portions from the opening of the show through “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! Stay tuned for the rest of the performance in the coming weeks – and check out the full performance here! It was so fun to work on this with my incredibly talented colleague-friends! They are: Tyler…

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    Can’t Help Falling in Love

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a very special and personal one; I originally made it as our wedding Save the Date announcement 💛 Unfortunately, like so many other things, our plans for a larger celebration are postponed due to COVID-19 precautions – but I thought I’d still share this video, as it means a lot to me! Since our engagement anniversary was yesterday, the timing seems perfect 😊 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was made famous by Elvis Presley; it was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss (according to Wikipedia, the melody is based on “Plaisir d’amour,” a 1784 composition by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini). Thanks to AcoustiClub for this…

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    NYU: Remember ALL of your 2020 graduates!

    This is a plea to #NYU and #NYUSteinhardt in particular to include Fall 2019 and Jan 2020 graduates in your communications and plans for celebrating the only #commencement activities the university provides (in May). I completed my #Master’s in Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance program in Fall 2019 (degree conferred in Jan 2020). I have really been looking forward to participating in the May commencement activities, even though they have now moved online. #nyusteinhardt20 I have not been included in numerous communications about planning and celebrations that will take place and have only heard about them through a group chat with my cohort. This makes me feel like I don’t matter. I’m…

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    “Why I Wake Early” (poem by Mary Oliver)

    On this final #WeeklyWednesday of National Poetry Month, I thought I would share this lovely work by Mary Oliver. I hope it brightens your day! “Why I Wake Early” is also the title of a collection of poems by Mary Oliver. I recently bought this copy on Amazon and am really enjoying it! The video I used comes from a vacation several years ago in New Zealand’s stunning South Island. I would highly recommend visiting, both for the natural beauty and the cultures you’ll find in NZ! Thank you for watching, and I hope this finds you well, particularly during this challenging time for our world! 💜 #AshleyWagnerArts

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    Schegloff (1982) and Listener Backchannels

    Hi, everyone! Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a presentation I gave recently for a Linguistics course in Discourse Analysis of Conversation at Georgetown University. I hope you enjoy seeing some of what I’m working on there! READING APPLIED: Schegloff (1982) “Discourse as an interactional achievement: Some uses of ‘uh huh’ and other things that come between sentences” Key Points: * Conversation is an “achievement” * Listener behavior influences speakers    “‘Back-channel’ actions” (74)        – Consider in context        – Two generalizations: 1. Show that recipient understands that a turn is not finished and consents to the current speaker’s continuation (“continuers,” 81). 2. Waive an opportunity for repair, such as clarifying or…

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    In the Bulb There is a Flower

    Happy Easter! Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a song I sang for our Zoom church service last Sunday, and I hope you enjoy it! “In the Bulb” (1986) has words and music by Natalie Sleeth. Special thanks to our wonderful director of music, Dan Shore, for recording the accompaniment! And thank you, as always, for watching – I hope this finds you well, particularly during this challenging time for our world! 💜 #AshleyWagnerArts

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    Artistic Philosophy, Background, and Goals

    One of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had as a performer – one of the times in life I’ve felt most useful – was in the hospital room of a dying man, surrounded by his family, singing his favorite Gospel songs.  I began singing and performing leading children’s roles in musical theatre as a very young child – initially because it was fun, interesting, and something I was good at (Annie was the first dream role I performed). While enjoyment is still a motivating factor, my passion for the work I do (and the way I try to live) stems more from a desire to influence people’s lives for the…

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    I te vurria vasà

    I’m so grateful for the experience of living in Napoli for almost 3 years and the wonderful friends I made there 💗🇮🇹 I came to love Neapolitan songs through singing them with a local choir ☺️ ~ and when it came to my NYU Master’s Recital, I knew I wanted to include these very special pieces. Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is the last of four. “I’ te vurria vasà” has music by Eduardo di Capua and lyrics by Vincenzo Russo. I’ te vurria vasa (1900) Translation: Berny Devlin, Luca Schiano di Cola, and Ashley Wagner Special thanks to Luca Schiano di Cola for language help brushing up my Neapolitan!! Also to Hamlet’s…