Hello and welcome!
I'm so glad that you've stopped by this site. I'd like to take a minute to share my story. My name is Josefina and I have been singing since I was three years old. Singing (and music in general) has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a little girl and I have truly enjoyed every step of the way so far.
I grew up in a church that strongly believed that music would bring anyone and everyone together, should you allow it, and it's from that belief that I have come to the understanding of just how important it is to connect with those around us.
When I was nine years old, I lost my mother to Parkinson's Disease and I lost touch with those around me, I quit singing, I quit acting, and I quit being who I really was. While I did do a few guest spots and solos every now and again, I spent six, nearly seven years away from the stage and away from music overall - I had no idea what music really meant to me then, yet I felt a huge emptiness inside me and no matter what I did, I could never fill it. While I was attending middle school, in the heart of the blue ridge mountains, I learned how to play both the guitar and banjo. I would wake up early in the mornings to go sit outside to practice for as many hours as I could. Through those instruments and a (daily) morning meeting which was accompanied by music of the student's choice, I realized what had been missing was the piece of myself that had silenced for so long. I vowed then, to never silence that part of me again. Singing became a therapy, it became a chance for me to heal from the pain that I had been carrying with me for so long. While high school seems to be the ban of everyone's existence, I was blessed with an amazing choral director and voice teacher, Mrs. Ginger Reinhardt. Through private voice lessons, recitals and full concerts I rediscovered what it was like to be myself again. Upon entering college, I chose to take a year off from music and work on a few other passions of mine. After a full year, five college-major changes, and a semester off, I decided that I would double major and get a B.A. in both Psychology and Voice (Integrative Arts).
I'd like to have the chance to give back to everyone who helped me on my path and to pay it forward, if you will, by helping others who may not understand why their life's cards weren't dealt fairly. Music has been known for bringing people together, healing even the darkest of souls, and helping others overcome some of their worst fears. I want to be able to help guide children and young adults, in the same manner that I was guided, with music being the core of our existence and the thing that understands us the most, when it seems like no one else does. I hope that through my journey here and elsewhere that I can inspire at least one person and help them heal or understand whatever it is that they need to, so that they can move forward to be the happiest they can be in their lives. This site is the start of my documentation of this journey that I have already been apart of for nearly twenty years. I am forever thankful to those who have reached out and encouraged my dreams, and I'm especially grateful for the wonderful opportunity that I have here, at Penn State University - Altoona, under the instruction of Dr. Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber. She is really the shining light behind all of her vocal students and none of us would be where we are today without her extensive knowledge and training.
While this blog, won't be updated too often, (as most of my performances take place in December of this year), I will post when I can, whether that be a quick note, a few behind-the-scene pics, a short video of a lesson or practice, or maybe even an audio recording, if I can get into the studio this semester. I want to be able to share my musical world with all of you. Thank you so much, for stopping by, and I hope that we'll be able to connect in the future.
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars." - Robin Williams, August Rush
When Josefina is not singing or studying, she is pursing her other career passion, photography. She is an internationally recognized and published fashion and glamour photographer. To see more of that side of her work, check out her website or keep up with her and her photography adventures on Facebook.