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.   YouTube.com/kirkpatrickariaready


The Power of Music

Music tells us a story whether it uses words or not. If we love it, it touches us at the core of our being. It generates emotion of one kind

Preparing for Your Summer Program

“You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.” Tom Hopkins   What items are on your list when you

The Power of Negotiating

If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant   What is negotiation? It is the activity of getting

Want to be Happy and Successful?

“You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.” Tom Hopkins   Often when you enter University as a performance

Breaking the Cycle of Self Sabotage

“Watch your thoughts; they lead to attitudes. Watch your attitudes, they lead to words. Watch your words; they lead to actions. Watch your actions; they lead to habits. Watch your

How Are Your Practice Habits Working For You?

“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” – John Wooden.   Have you ever listened to someone practice? Have you ever listened to yourself practice, for that matter? Tape

Relationships !!#%! Relationships ?? Ah, Relationships. Part II

“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” – Maya Angelou   Remember this story from last week? Sam met Judith at a

Relationships !!#%! Relationships?? Ah, Relationships. Part

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear.” – Glenn Clark   This is part I of my

"And What Is It That You Do For a Living?"

“You can create the energy to turn your dreams into reality by knowing what to say when you talk to yourself.” – Shad Helmstetter   I wish I had a

Formula for a Killer Recital Program

“You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.” Tom Hopkins   It’s not often that we have the pleasure

Visualization Techniques

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging

Give Yourself the Present

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past. – Author Unknown