Marilyn Horne is a true legend on the operatic and recital stages, as evidenced in the lengthy list of awards she has received. Now, as she approaches her 80th birthday, she continues to create another legacy beyond her stage career—a remarkable and legendary teaching career. Once a student at the Music Academy of the West, Horne has been the music director of the Academy for over 15 years where she continues to mentor, lead, and inspire the next generation of singers. Read about her commitment to both song and opera, how she got into teaching in the first place, and what she considers the greatest joys of being a teacher.
When your body is your instrument and that body gets sick, you can feel desperate for a quick fix. But don’t let that desperation lead you to make short term choices that could have long term negative effects.
Do you have to go to college to learn the skills necessary to succeed as a professional singer? And, in turn, are colleges teaching those skills? Singers and voice professors weigh in to answer these questions and more, including their pet peeves on what singers should learn in college but often don’t.
Is a recital in your future, at the college level, professionally, or anywhere in between? Avoid common pitfalls of boring programming by considering new ways to think about song selection, grouping and, perhaps most importantly, audience enjoyment.
Taking the time to write a thank you note is a wonderful way to show your thoughtful gratitude. In addition, it might just be the attention to detail you need to set you apart from other singers.
Joanie Brittingham takes a hard look at the financial realties for singers—including salary realities and the heavy burden of student loan debt. She then offers tips for making ends meet when money is scarce.
Looking for a fun way to spend your summer nights? Consider starting an opera book club.
If you’re contemplating a move to New York City, here are a few things you need to know.
Most singers are familiar with Chautauqua Opera, especially their large Young Artist Program. Many might not be familiar, however, with Chautauqua’s unique approach to accommodating professional singers’ families each summer.
A book about the plusses of achieving gender balance in the workplace is shedding light on gender balance within the arts, specifically opera. Drawing attention to this issue is the first step to change.
A current University of Mobile student shares her story of nearly losing her musical abilities after an accident resulted in significant brain injury. Read about her remarkable recovery, including relearning the musical skills she almost lost for good.
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