About Cris Riedel

A twenty-year veteran of performing stories, Cris likes best to tell the old ones.  Folktales of those who solve the problem–and save the day–with their wits.  She has performed at the Stone Soup and Lehigh Valley Festivals, and is celebrating ten years of telling for summer reading programs in her native western New York state.  She is performing in one of the showcases at the National Conference in Kansas City this June.

From Cris's Commentary

June Quickie Better breath June 3, 2017

Breath control, support your sound.  We’ve heard these phrases–but how to practice this?   I play the tenor saxophone, and my tone was uneven.  Hmmm–support your sound…  Horn players do ‘long tones’,  one note played loud-soft-loud for the entire length of a breath.  SO! For speakers like us, try these:  Pretend you are a fire … Continue reading June Quickie Better breath

Quickie!! What’s to drink? May 3, 2017

There’s all sorts of advice about what to drink for your voice, and when to drink it.  Here’s a little run-down: Water:  The vocal folds are mucus membranes, which love to be hydrated.  Do consider the temperature of the water you drink during a performance.  I find room-temperature to be more helpful in keeping my … Continue reading Quickie!! What’s to drink?