Dana Lynne Varga

Dana Lynne Varga

Dr. Dana Lynne Varga is a sought-after soprano, voice teacher and career coach, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of MassOpera. She was the 2016 first place winner of the CS Competition; Emerging Professional division. Dana is currently on the Voice and Opera faculty of the Longy School of Music at Bard College in Cambridge, MA. She regularly presents vocal master classes as well as classes on business and entrepreneurship for singers all over the east coast. Please visit www.danavarga.com and www.theempoweredmusician.com.


Balancing A Singing Career With A Full-time Job

Most professional singers have some sort of correlating career. Secondary income sources are almost always necessary due to high costs of living, student loan debt and the competitive state of

Creating a Singer’s Budget

SINGERS FINANCE SERIES You shouldn’t need to be wealthy to pursue a career in singing. However, it’s no secret that those who have enough money to finance a career in

Why Classical Singers Are Leaving Opera for Musical Theatre

Have a look at what classically trained singers are saying about their transition to Broadway.

Freelance Singer’s Survival Guide : Filtering Feedback

We’ve all been there… The conflicting information and comments. The confusing or unsolicited advice. Let’s take a brief look two common scenarios, and ways you can filter through all the

A Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Three Ways to Jump Start Your Career

Dana Lynne Varga will be publishing a monthly series for Freelance Artists. If you have questions for Dana, email support@csmusic.net and we’ll have her answer or write about those. ​

How Many YAPS Are Too Many YAPS?

Young Artist Programs are prescribed by many colleges and conservatories as part of the necessary path to career success. Over the past decade, the number of applications to these programs

Balancing a Singing Career with a Full-Time Job

Do you ever wish you could add two or three more hours to a day? Finding time to fit in all of a singer’s responsibilities is daunting, but the following tips can help you get started and get organized.

Super Women

Boston-based female artists discuss balancing pregnancy and parenting with busy careers.

Gender Disparity in Opera, Part Two: : Opportunity versus Debt

Part one of this article (published in December 2017) explored the issue of poor gender parity that exists in professional opera today, as well as some possible solutions. This second part examines the issue of female/male equality in college and conservatory vocal programs.

Supply and Demand : Gender Disparity in Opera: Part 1

More women than men pursue opera careers, and yet fewer roles exist for women than men in the bulk of the operatic repertoire. So, can women get a fair shot in this industry? We begin to take a look at these issues in part one of this series.

The Unprepared Singer

You look great! But can you sing? Simply put, your vocal abilities must come first—and then you can worry about your website, bio, and headshot. So, learn ways here to be more proactive in the practice room while away from your teacher this summer.

How Many YAPS Are Too Many YAPS?

Unsure of the next step in your training or what to do with the coming summer months? Find information on how to evaluate your needs and finances by taking a closer look at the different options available for summer programs and YAPS.