CS Music Staff

CS Music Staff

CS Music is THE community for singers, teachers, and pianists. CS began in 1986 with the first issue of The New York Opera Newsletter and later to the award-winning magazine Classical Singer. Since 2003 CS has expanded to included articles, audition listings, and events for both classical and musical theatre singers worldwide! Free online articles and listings are available at www.csmusic.net.


Allergies When You’re a Singer

Asthma doesn’t seem to bother me any more unless I’m around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar. – Steve

Program Spotlight: Opera Program Documentary Explores Creating During a Pandemic

Heather Mathews, Associate Program Director for SFCM’s Opera & Musical Theatre division, narrates short film chronicling the technical and emotional experiences of producing Moments from Firebird Motel

Lasting and Important Heart Changes : Emerging Professional Winner Joel Balzun

"Is it necessary for every performance to be a benefit concert? I don't think so – sometimes art for art's sake is enough. But I'm a firm believer that the most meaningful musical experiences make the audience think and consider something. We cannot change the hearts of our audiences, but we can prompt the thoughts and questions which lead to lasting and important heart changes which can make our world a better place."

Drive-In Opera : Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

Maybe you went to a drive-in movie when you were a kid, and maybe you’ve attended live performances of grand opera. But you have never experienced anything like what you’ll

Music: A Teacher, a Stress-Reliever and a Peace-Bringer

CS Music: What is your artist level and school if applicable? Michael Butler: I am currently a rising senior at University of Maryland, studying with Bass-Baritone Kevin Short. CS: What

Why Sing What You Can’t Feel : HS Classical Winner Samuel Higgins

CS Music: Tell us a little about yourself. Samuel Higgins: I am a high school countertenor in Junior year at Milton High School.  CS: What is your dream role? SH:

Learning through Music : A Q&A with First Place Winner Shavon Lloyd

Shavon Lloyd was the First Place winner of the 2020 CS Music Vocal Competition for the Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Division. More than 1,600 singers participated in the online competition that culminated with the finals on May 30, 2020. This is part 3 of 6 as we highlight the First Place winner of each division.

Program Spotlight : Building Voices of the Future

Our CS Music Community is not one that is stagnant. We are made up of real musicians who offer diverse perspectives and experiences; even more importantly, we pay it forward

Putting in the Work : Competition Winner Nichelle Lewis

CS Music: Tell us a little about yourself. Nichelle Lewis: I am entering my senior year at Molloy College’s CAP21. I have been singing since the 5th grade when I

Aspire to Inspire: HS Musical Theatre Winner Hannah Bautista

Hannah Bautista was the First Place winner of the 2020 CS Music Vocal Competition for the High School Musical Theatre Division. More than 1,600 singers participated in the online competition that culminated with the finals on May 30, 2020. This is part 1 of 6 as we highlight the First Place winner of each division.

Thyroid Cancer : How a Teacher Helped Save His Student's Life

CS Music is constantly inspired by voice teachers who go out of their way to help their students. This is an amazing story about a singer's resilience after his teacher directed him to a medical need and how music directed both singer and teacher in the steps needed to save a person's life. 

Teaching Online Lessons : Six ways to help you effectively transition to online lessons

Let’s face it, you may not be up-to-date on the latest and greatest technology and you may not have ever given an online lesson in your life, we’re here to tell you, it’s going to be okay. Transitioning to online lessons can be challenging at first, there are a lot of unknowns to overcome, but you’ve got this! With a little willingness to learn, you can empower your teaching abilities and reach your students in ways you’ve never been able to in the past. In this article, we will outline six ways to survive the transition to online lessons.