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


Don’t Let Fear Get the Best of You!

“There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.” ~ Cynthia Heimel   Whenever we

The Power of Music – Part 1

What is it about music, any kind of music that makes us feel things? Why do we love and need it in our lives? What is your role as performer

Permission to Fail

Preparing for and pursuing a career as a performer is always a risk. Are you ready as you head off to your summer programs or performances, to deal with the

Your Personal & Professional Brand

How can you raise your Brand score by the end of the summer?   It’s that time of year once again. For many of you, it is time to travel

Ready – Set – Goals!

It’s time to create more than wishes and dreams! Think about creating a grocery list. You write down what you need, and if you know the store you are going

Not Enough Time or Energy to Further Your Business?

Never before in human history have we been the recipients of so much information designed to fill us with ideas, desires, and distractions. The news of the world good, bad

Networking & Marketing

Networking and marketing. Two of the scariest words ever spoken to a singer! We are back to what I spoke about in my first blog, because I have gotten soooo

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Who Runs Your Business!   As I said in the previous post, one reason the job of running your own business and creating a strategic plan is so tough is

How to Step Up Your Game Plan

One reason the business aspect of a singing career seems so tough: no one really understands what it entails.   This is the first in a series of strategies that

Networking – Why Reinvent the Wheel?

I have learned though many years of experience, trial and error and failure, that the most important part of doing business, no matter what career you are pursuing, is being