Brian Manternach

Brian Manternach

Brian Manternach, D.M., is an assistant professor at the University of Utah Department of Theatre and a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Singing and he blogs at Visit for more information. 

Mic Check : What Every Singer Should Know

Dr. Howell explains what classical singers should know about microphone technology and how singers can get the most for their money when buying microphones. 

The Singer’s Library : New Editions with New Additions

Two treasured publications have been expanded and enhanced and continue their tradition of developing singing techniques for the modern artist.

Behind the Scenes with YAP Director Robert Ainsley : Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera

As the director of a high-level Young Artist Program, Robert Ainsley is always on the lookout for capable and ambitious young singers looking to launch successful careers. As both director

John Chest : A Budd-ing Career Centered on Signature Roles

John Chest’s career path did not initially go where he wanted or expected. But now, with a repertoire rich in European experience, he has returned to the U.S. to debut a roll that has been following him from the beginning of his studies. With a young family in tow, the mentors, teachers, and opportunities that presented themselves to Chest are not necessarily the path he would have chosen, but they have led him toward a career that is catching the attention of the classical singing world.

Working with Technology : When it's not about the technology

Working with technology when it's not about the technology.

The Singer’s Library : Music by Women

Two authors advocate for equal representation, encourage change, and offer solutions when programming the works of women composers.

Failure Is the ONLY Option

It’s not fun to fail. It can be disheartening, both in the moment and in the immediate aftermath. But, when developing vocal skills, not only is failure an option, it appears to be a crucial component of eventual success.  

Stages of Learning and How It Affects your Singing Progression

In recent years, motor learning theory has taken a more prominent place in vocal pedagogy. The theory itself is described in depth in Vocology by Ingo Titze and Kittie Verdolini

The Singer’s Library : College Prep for Musicians

High school students can begin now to prepare for their music degree by avoiding any misinformation and getting answers straight from the experts in a new publication. 

The “So You Want to Sing” Series Continues

The So You Want to Sing series, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and published by Rowman & Littlefield, is almost complete. Series editor Matthew Hoch is

The Singer’s Library: Auditioning for College Musical Theatre Programs 

The Singer’s Library column in the November/December issue of Classical Singer highlighted the book College Prep for Musicians, which offers information about applying to college music programs. But what about

Crossing Over: The Search for Stylistic Authenticity

Several articles in the May 2019 Classical Singer issue explore the topic of “crossover”—classical singers delving into musical theatre. In the cover article, Elizabeth Stanley details the path from her