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.


CS Music Spotlight: Rainelle Krause

Soprano Rainelle Krause has been flying high – literally. Once impresarios realized her impressive aptitude for stratospheric vocal fireworks, Krause’s opportunities blossomed in her previous two seasons, particularly in Europe.

Having a Career in Musical Theatre : Q&A with Wicked Music Director Dan Micciche

CS Music recently had the opportunity to host a masterclass featuring Dan Micciche, the current music director/conductor for Wicked on Broadway. He offered some wonderful advice that readers can learn

CS Spotlight: Marianne Cornetti with Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Marianne Cornetti, internationally renowned operatic Mezzo-Soprano, is the new Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera. As an artist who is still in the middle of her career, Cornetti’s leadership is to increase

Thoughts on College with Wicked Music Director Dan Micciche

CS Music recently had the opportunity to host a masterclass featuring Dan Micciche, the current music director/conductor for Wicked on Broadway. He offered some wonderful advice during that class that readers can learn a lot from. Here is a portion of the question and answer session, and if you want to listen to the entire class, look for the link at the end of this article.

Musical Theatre Advice from Wicked Music Director Dan Micciche

CS Music recently had the opportunity to host a masterclass featuring Dan Micciche, the current music director/conductor for Wicked on Broadway. He offered some wonderful advice during that class that readers can learn a lot from. Here is a portion of the question and answer session, and if you want to listen to the entire class, look for the link at the end of this article.

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.