Carol Kirkpatrick

Carol Kirkpatrick

For as long as she can remember, singing and performing have always been in Carol Kirkpatrick’s blood. From her beginnings in a small farming town in southeastern Arizona, through her early first-place triumph at the prestigious San Francisco Opera Auditions, and subsequent career on international stages, Ms. Kirkpatrick has thrilled audiences and critics alike. “A major voice, one worth the whole evening.” (The New York Times) Since retiring from the stage, she continues to be in demand as a voice teacher, clinician, and adjudicator of competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Combining her knowledge of performance, business, and interpersonal skills, she has written the second edition of her highly regarded book, Aria Ready: The Business of Singing, a step-by-step career guide for singers and teachers of singing.  Aria Ready has been used by universities, music conservatories and summer and apprentice programs throughout the world as a curriculum for teaching Ms. Kirkpatrick’s process of career development, making her “the” expert in this area.  She lives in Denver, Colorado.

A Singer’s Guide to Gut Health and Happiness

“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;… and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and

Give Up the Fixed

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery People with a fixed mindset think their talents and intelligence are simply

How You Do What You Do Matters!

First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” Charles C. Nobel Imagine your brain is a garden, except instead of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, you grow synaptic


The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. ~Author Unknown   What is important about being in balance

You Are Olympian Too!

“Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda   What does it take to be an Olympian? Besides having amazing talent, solid technique, an unfailing belief in oneself, desire

Performing from the Heart or the Head?

“For centuries, scientists, philosophers, physicians, composers, poets and writers have argued about the function of the heart. Is its sole purpose to move blood throughout our bodies, or does it

After The Audition – What do YOU do?

“First forget inspiration, Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.” Octavia Butler What is your routine, follow-up or strategy

Happy New Year – Mindset – Which Rules Your World, Amateur or Professional?

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. Gandhi Let me start this blog

Belong To The Music!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou Audition season is

Change = Growth

How to reset the context of your current thinking by asking,”What’s in it for me?”   The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often

Stop the Insidious Noise

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person you can

Vision – Mission – Value of and for Auditioning

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” -Charles Swindoll What is the importance of these three words, “Vision, Mission and