Maria Nockin

Maria Nockin

Born in New York City to a British mother and a German father, Maria Nockin studied piano, violin, and voice. She worked at the Metropolitan Opera Guild while studying for her BM and MM degrees at Fordham University. She now lives in southern Arizona where she paints desert landscapes, translates from German for musical groups, and writes on classical singing for various publications.


Jay Hunter Morris: :  Life as He Loves It

The life of a working singer can seem glamorous from the outside. Get an honest perspective from a singer who is working hard to maintain the many complexities of this field.

News and Notes from the Community

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards has announced the presentation of its award for excellence to Pittsburgh Festival Opera (PFO) for its

Langan Longevity

Bass Kevin Langan set a remarkable record in 2010: he became the first singer to achieve 300 performances with the San Francisco Opera. A milestone like that doesn’t happen overnight, but after a nearly four-decade career—something Langan says was made possible by an ironclad technique given him by a great teacher and honed over years of diligent and daily practice. Now Langan is sharing his wealth of experience with the next generation in classes about the business of singing, information he generously shares here. From the value of a DMA to filing taxes to what your take-home pay should be, Langan lays out clearly and simply the business details of a singing career and more.

Persistently Patient: Karolina Pilou

The young Greek mezzo-soprano Karolina Pilou has a lot going for her. Not only is her voice big and dramatic, it also is at home in the coloratura repertoire. She has had supportive teachers and influential mentors like Martina Arroyo and Dolora Zajick. And she recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Berta in The Barber of Seville. But it hasn’t all been easy. Two years ago, Pilou decided she needed to be kinder to herself—resulting in a 120-pound weight loss. Here she shares her philosophies about singing, weight loss, and the balance between making and waiting for things to happen.

All the Ways to Make a Living with Your Voice

Singer Carin Gilfry discusses her varied and busy career as an opera singer, voice-over artist, composer, writer, and producer.

Coaches Weigh In: : From L.A. to the Met to La Scala

Find out what the coaches at Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and La Scala have to say about what young singers need to be accepted and excel in their company’s Young Artist Programs.

Bulletin Board

Metropolitan Opera Cuts Nine Percent of Nonunion Staff On September 12, 2014, the Met laid off 22 administrative workers. The opera company made the first in a series of budget

Bulletin Board : News, Tidbits, Musings, and more

New Research Shows That Learning Music Improves Cognition Educators have known for many years that music students do well in school, but it has been difficult to discover whether good students

A Fresh Look at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices

World-famous mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick continues her work training and mentoring young dramatic voices in her eighth year of her summer program.

Bulletin Board : News, Tidbits, Musings, and more

New Opera Premieres at Railroad Station On October 19, 2013, L.A. Dance Project and a Los Angeles opera company called The Industry gave the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s headphone

Bulletin Board : News, Tidbits, Musings, and more

New York Says Goodbye to City Opera The New York City Opera’s acclaimed production of Anna Nicole at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was the company’s final show. On September

Bulletin Board : News, Tidbits, Musings, and more

New Conductor Bites Off More Than He Can Chew Conducting the Oslo Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko won excellent reviews for his season-opening performances, but comments the 37-year-old Russian later made to