YOU ARE NOT ALONE : Changing a Hidden Culture of Abuse in Classical Singing

We all know it is out there somewhere—the difficult, unspoken topic of mental, physical, and sexual abuse by voice teachers in the singing community. But how much of a problem is it? Classical Singer opens up the topic this month with this special section on Voice Teacher Abuse. It begins on page 18 with Sarah Hoffman’s insightful discussion on abuse and the debilitating effects on it’s victims. On page 20, Susan Larson gives a teacher’s perspective to the teaching process and responsibilities teachers have to curb such incidents. Singers share their own experiences with abuse on page 22 with chilling tales that can hardly seem true. Finally, take a look at the results of Classical Singer Teacher Abuse Survey, where over 400 singers participated to provide numerical meaning to this topic, on page 24.

CJ Williamson

CJ Williamson founded Classical Singer magazine. She served as Editor-in-Chief until her death in July, 2005. For comments on this article or other articles, e-mail