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Will Work to Sing

by Megan Gloss


Anna Petrie rises early, throws her life into a carry-on bag, says goodbye to her husband, Phil, and heads for the subway. The 28-year-old has a long day’s work ahead of her as an administrative assistant at a legal executive search firm in Manhattan. Within a given week, she’ll work anywhere between 27-40 hours with this job, other odd jobs, and freelance administrative work from home—all so she can make ends meet while funding her first love, singing.

It doesn’t come easy for the mezzo-soprano, who struggles to find the balance between her work and home life and her singing life—a life filled with lessons, coachings, practice, auditions, workshops, applications for Young Artist Programs, rehearsals, performances, and study at the end of a long work day.

“Depending upon the week, I am able to dedicate anywhere from 12 to 20 hours to singing and singing-related commitments,” Petrie says. “There never seems to be enough time to complete all the items on the list of to-dos. There m...

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