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. 

A Summer in Ohio : Celebrating 40 Seasons of the Ohio Light Opera

A Midwest company credits much of its success to a strong collaboration among the participating artists and directors, a high production value, and a supportive community while striving to bridge the gap between traditional operetta and musical theatre.

The Singer’s Library : No Instruments Needed

As the a cappella craze continues to sweep the world, a new book, written by a pioneer in this field, provides an in-depth perspective to a style that has been evolving for thousands of years and is here to stay.

So You Want to Sing Barbershop?

The So You Want to Sing series continues to produce books directed to vocalists interested in specific genres. The Rowman & Littlefield series, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers

The Singer’s Library : CCM Earns Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Once thought to be technically illegitimate, contemporary vocal music now sits in the forefront of everyday life and has become a major influence in musical theatre. A new publication has compiled the technical and biographical information from the pioneering pedagogues in this field, bringing greater knowledge and legitimacy to this former stylistic outcast.

The Singer’s Library : Everything Old Is New Again

The vocal pedagogues of the past crafted tremendous singers and techniques for many generations. A new publication includes some of their written works and deserves the attention of the 21st century.

Singer’s Library : Georgine Resick

When choosing recital repertoire, it is common for students to gravitate toward the most well established songs. Composers who receive the lion’s share of ink in music history textbooks and

The Singer’s Library : Des Chansons Renouvelées

A new book provides a greater context for neglected French vocal literature.

Neil Shicoff : A Force for 40 Years

Tenor Neil Shicoff has graced the stages of all of the leading opera houses in major roles the world over. Now he is bringing all of that experience to a new role: teacher. His practical pedagogical approach includes sharing his own life lessons with his students. Shicoff shares many of those lessons here, including how he dealt with performance anxiety, what roles he wishes he would have waited to sing, why students need to remember that their teacher is working for them, and much more in this exclusive interview.

The Singer’s Library – Different Strokes for Different Folks

Previous books from the So You Want to Sing series that have been featured in this column have covered genres ranging from jazz to country to sacred music. The already

The Singer’s Library

A 2017 publication walks musicians through the world of performer contracts, negotiations, procuring legal aid, and much more.

The Singer’s Library : Directing Conductors

Two new books offer guidance for choir directors, including a fascinating and necessary discussion about achieving healthy vocal production in a choral setting.

The Singer’s Library : Like No Business I Know

Two new books are sure to give singers aspiring to careers in musical theatre the know-how they need to succeed.