From the Editor : Welcome to the November Issue of Classical Singer!

And welcome to a new era of the magazine. Last month was the final issue for our longtime Editor in Chief Sara Thomas. We love Sara and are so grateful for her many, many hours of dedicated work in this labor of love. She helped guide the magazine editorial content for more than a decade with the singular goal of helping singers.

Helping singers is, in fact, our same goal as we welcome our new Editorial Board. We have organized a tremendous team of 12 industry professionals, including Sara, to collectively be the voice of the magazine editorial content. They work together with our new Editor Jenny Jenson Fawcett and our Associate Publisher Mark Stoddard.

The board members volunteer their time and energy because they have a shared passion for singing. They know the industry and they know what it takes to succeed. They will take turns each issue as a guest contributor in this section of the magazine to lend their specific voice to the community. Be sure to check out their names and bios in the adjacent Editorial Board notice as well as online at

Our founder, David Wood, started Classical Singer more than 30 years ago with his late wife Carla Wood to connect singers and build a community. It started as the New York Opera News Letter, evolved into the magazine, and expanded now to CS Music with events held all over the world. Their vision is being carried out by you today, and we thank you!

As publisher of the magazine, I share that same vision that David, Carla, and their family started with—I want CS Music to be the resource for singers to find joy in their talent and to find ways to get paid for their performing skills.

The world needs your skills and talents more than ever before. The poet Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” If we can help you bring people a little peace and tranquility, then we’ve done our job. So please stay involved and let us know how we can help you. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and input. In fact, we need it!

Enjoy the magazine issue and all the additional content found on!

Alex Stoddard

Alex Stoddard is advertising director and manager of Classical Singer magazine’s High School Competition and College Expo.