Christi Amonson

Christi Amonson

Soprano Christi Amonson’s recent concert engagements include touring China as a soloist with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, “Easy to Love” pops concert with the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra. Opera News described her sound as “liquid silver” after singing Nannetta with Chautauqua Opera. Amonson earned her DMA in voice and theatre under the tutelage of Grayson Hirst at the University of Arizona, where she has been an instructor. She earned her MM in Voice at the Manhattan School of Music and her BM in Music Education at the University of Idaho. In New York City, she sang with several opera companies and directed choirs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Program. She is currently assistant professor of voice at Troy University.

The Music Major Minute : Voice Teacher Appreciation: The Ones Who Made a Difference

Once upon a time a young soprano went to college and her voice teacher fixed her passaggio in the first lesson. She sang high notes happily ever after.

Music Major Minute : Summer Lovin’ Reading List for Voice Majors

Take advantage of the spare time you have this summer to catch up on some reading that will inspire your mind and your next performance.

Have You Taken Christi’s 10 OPERA CHALLENGE?

In June Christi challenged CS readers via to watch 10 operas this summer and complete her survey below. If you haven’t started, it’s not too late! Find details here.

The Music Major Minute : Summer Break: The Ten Opera Challenge

Wondering what to do with your free time this summer? Take the 10 opera challenge and accompanying survey to put that spare time to the best use.

Palm Reading—What Do Your Hands Reveal about Your Character?

Once your music is learned and memorized, taking it to the next level comes down to your dramatic delivery. But what do you do with your hands? Learn the dos and don’ts here.

The Music Major Minute : The Ten Commandments for Juries

Whether you are singing your first or last jury this month, abiding by these 10 rules
will reduce your stress and ensure your success.

The Music Major Minute : What’s So Great about the ‘Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias’?

If you’re struggling to understand why your teacher is giving you yet one more song to learn out of your Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias book, here is the background and perspective you need.

Advice from the Graduates

Singers look back on their college years and share what they wish they would have known before they began their music major.

The Music Major Minute : Secrets for Semester Success

The semester is just beginning. If you haven’t been as successful as you hoped in the past, implement these words of wisdom for starting and finishing strong.

The Music Major Minute : Building Your Music Library, Score by Score

Owning original music is valuable on so many levels, the least of which is that anything else is illegal. But where and how do you start? Read up on the essential books that will give you a solid start to creating your own music library.

The Music Major Minute : The Great Repertoire Challenge

Are you stuck in a repertoire rut? Or do you feel that your teacher isn’t assigning you songs that you love? Learn how to take the bull by the horns and find the music that is right for your voice and that will truly inspire you.

The Music Major Minute : Practice Habits

Practice. Whether you love or hate that word, it should be something you do daily as a singer. Consider the hows and whys to find more motivation, enjoyment, and value in your own daily practice.