Bettye,Thank your all that you taught me in the many years we spent together at the advice of (Your other student & friend) my Mother Cindy. I'm grateful the times you pulled my hair when I first started to get me to have better posture. You really taught me great discipline rather quickly.
I'll never forget how many times your eyelashes had a mind of their own during our lessons. Nor,will I forget the beautiful Mitsouko at your side ever the faithful companion. I appreciate the small things you did for me such as giving me a scarf from Ireland to keep my throat warm & working on an acting scene or monologue in addition to voice when our lessons would often run over.
Due to us working together multiple times a week I received a scholarship for voice & later got the courage to move to New York to further my career. I remember our last conversation & how I was moved to tears by telling you what you meant to me & you were getting choked up too. Saying that "I made your year & such."
You will never know what being a lifelong member of The Ping Goo Club has done for my confidence as a person & as a singer. Yes, I do have my Mother's voice but,I am grateful to have had YOU to nurture my God given talent.
When I started this path with you I was barely a shy teenager I who begged my Mother & Nonna for lessons until they relented to at least twice a week. I a not only very fortunate for you to have helped foster my Mother's talent but, also mine.
Every time, I have people in the industry praise my voice & control I always tell them I took voice lessons from The Greatest Teacher Bettye Gardner. I learned so much about legit voice as well as acting from you. To this day I can do a cold reading masterfully & then perform it in front of a showcase within minutes of getting the material.
I think unless people knew you were with The Alley they just thought you we're spectacular in teaching voice. You were a master at so many things. I'll never forget the painting of you over your piano in the beautiful green dress,The K you kept in your kitchen & the smells of your pink home on Ingold for all those years. I appreciate all the encouragement you gave me & how a piece of you will always be imbedded in my memory.
Until we meet again in heaven when I'm very old May you be with Mitsouko sitting at your side, With Mr.Alberti close & Your heavenly choir!
I Love You Always XO Aubrey
P.S. I'm grateful you made me the woman I am & that we will never say goodbye!