Michelle Kunz

Michelle Kunz

Michelle Kunz is a professional certified life coach, helping individuals reduce conflict, gain clarity, and get more from their lives and careers. She has sung with the Washington National Opera Chorus on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage for over 15 seasons, where she also serves as Children’s Chorus Master. She serves on AGMA’s Board of Governors, representing the Washington/Baltimore Area, and on the Board of Andover Educators. Contact her at www.PELcoaching.com.


Developing Healthy Figurative and Physical Voices

Ever walk into a voice lesson or rehearsal after a bad day or an argument with your significant other and feel you have vice grips around your throat? Our emotional

The Road is Home

Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird and bass-baritone Matthew Burns are currently having the adventure of a lifetime. In the midst of two full-time singing careers and as parents of two small children, the couple made an unusual and “crazy” decision. While they knew it was unconventional and not for forever, they also knew it was the best and right decision right now for their family of four.

Developing Healthy Figurative and Physical Voices

Stifling our emotions and inner voice can cause havoc on our physical voice. Discover ways to free your emotions and, in turn, your singing voice.

Making It When You Don’t Make It

In this final story in Michelle Kunz’s series, we meet “Kristina.” As the events of her personal life run out of control, she holds fast to the one constant in her life: singing.

Making It When You Don’t Make It

This month we meet “Karen,” who has been challenged with a number of health problems that might have derailed her singing altogether at any number of steps along the way. With determination and focus, she shows us how—even in the midst of extreme physical difficulties—we can always find ways to let our talents shine, if we remind ourselves that doing our best is a measure that changes from moment to moment.

Making It When You Don’t Make It

This month’s interview focuses on the challenges of living in the shadow of a singing parent, and on how parental expectations for a child can have long-lasting implications. It also explores chronic health problems and one singer’s resolve not to let anything hold her back from achieving her full singer identity.

Making It When You Don’t ‘Make It’

In this third installment of Michelle Kunz’s series, we meet “Anne.” Discover how Anne is finding herself—and a renewed joy in singing—at the end of a long and difficult path.

Making It When You Don’t ‘Make It’

In this second installment of Michelle Kunz’s series, two women, “Rebecca” and “Joyce,” share the joys, heartache, happiness, and sorrows of being singer, mom, spouse, and daughter.

Making It When You Don’t ‘Make It’

Contributor Michelle Kunz begins a series this month introducing CS readers to several “older” female singers. These singers have agreed to share their ups and downs, struggles, and successes in an industry where everyone seems to be searching for the Fountain of Youth. Gain strength, insight, and support from the lives of these women, beginning this month with “Candice.”

How to Explain Your Career Choice to Your Parents

Have you ever told someone you’re going to study music in college and they reply, “Wow, I didn’t know they offered a major in that,” or “That’s nice. How are you going to make a living?” Choosing to major in music means following your dream and your passion, and enjoying your college education, but sometimes it can be difficult helping your friends and family understand your decision. Michelle Kunz offers some valuable advice for sharing your vision for your future with those you love.

Take Your Family to Work – Every Day!

Balancing career and family can be a difficult juggling act, regardless of your profession. Add in the travel that often accompanies a singing career, and keeping all the balls in the air becomes even more challenging. Here are some great tips to help singer-parents include their families in their work, whether at home or on the road.

Drama: : Keeping it on the stage

Singers spend a lifetime working to improve their dramatic and interpretive abilities for their art. Sometimes those carefully honed skills can seep into other aspects of life, with negative results. Michelle Kunz suggests some ways to draw the curtain between the stage and your personal life.