EMCI Spotlight: Charlotte Xerri
This instructor spotlight features the president of the Estill Certification Advisory Board, who was recently human subject in voice research at Ohio State University.
Name: Charlotte Xerri (sounds like ‘sherry’)
Current home (city, country): Newhaven, in sunny Sussex by the sea, near the South Downs National Park and Glyndebourne!
Where did you grow up? Bristol, during the Trip Hop era
Biggest professional challenge: Every year brings new challenges, most recently the research week at The Ohio State University, 10-16 2018 with Kerri Obert. Being a human subject in voice research is fascinating and challenging on many levels.
Favorite Voice book: ‘The Time of Our Singing’ by Richard Powers (thank you Kim Steinhauer for the recommendation). It’s a novel, in part, about an African American and his journey to becoming a professional classical singer. Although the character’s circumstances are very different from mine, much of his process resonated with me and my path to singing.
Last book read: There are several ‘on the go’ including, ‘The Voice Clinic Handbook’ (Second Edition), ‘The Path of the Voice’ and Ken Bozeman’s books (for the second time). I read ‘Mindset’ by Dweck from cover to cover. It’s highly recommended.
Person you would most like to have dinner with: Anyone with a brilliant sense of humor and a captivating story to tell…
Favorite performer: Luigi (age 9) and Lucia (age 2.5), I am duty bound to mention both, the former can produce some crazy whistle tones, but the latter currently has the edge on cuteness!
Dream vacation: A month or two renting a traditional farmhouse on the Maltese island of Gozo (where my husband’s father was born); sun, sea, good food, family and friends coming and going………aaahhhh……….I’m putting it out there!
3 Albums (CDs) you would take with you if stranded on a deserted island: This is an impossible question, so I am closing my eyes and pulling randomly from the shelf… Julian Bream, The Ultimate Guitar Collection. Herbie Hancock, Headhunters. Messiaen, Turangalila Symphony – Quatour pour la fin du temps.
Item(s) most likely to be found in your refrigerator: Plenty of things to make a lovely dinner, if you care to come round!
Hobby(ies): Luckily my passion is my work so hobbies are all about getting some exercise; walking, running, pilates and yoga. Luigi is teaching me about basketball and capoeira, Lucia is reminding me how to do body art with poster paint.
Favorite quote: Everything in moderation, including moderation
People would be surprised to know… No surprises, what you see is what you get!