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. 

Transitioning from a Degree to the Stage: Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Rachel Willis-Sørensen recounts the journey that led her as a young singer to working with the industry leaders in classical music and the personal growth she experienced along the way.

Wishes and Dreams or Goals and Plans?

The start of a new semester is a logical time to set goals for the upcoming school year. On fire with energy, momentum, and inspiration, students often set lofty goals each fall that are designed to help them achieve their dreams. Unfortunately, as the rigors of the semester settle in, many of these goals are cast aside as quickly as most New Year’s resolutions. Actually, the goals themselves may remain unchanged, but without a systematic plan to work toward achieving those goals, the motivation that was initially so high may gradually fade away. 

The Singer’s Library : The Brain on Music

The human brain is notoriously complex.  After all, the phrase "It's not brain surgery!" came from somewhere for a reason.   It would be understandable, then, if singers feel intimidated by the title of the new book The Musician's Mind: Teaching, Learning, and Performance in the Age of Brain Science.  Author Lynn Helding points out in the preface, however, that the focus of the book is not neuroscience, which is concerned with the anatomy of physiology of brain structure.

The Singer’s Library : Mindfully Managing the Aging Voice

A new publication offers solutions and an increased perspective for maintaining a lifetime of singing. 

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