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Pride and Prejudice: Preface to the Opera (Abridged)

I’ve been asked. “After all the films, plays and books, who needs an operatic version?” I can answer this question only with a more difficult question: “Why has no one

Tempests In Teapots? No! Hurricanes In Thimbles! The Songs of C.P.E. Bach

I first encountered the songs of Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach when I was putting together a concert of 18th century music with some friends. While I’ve been singing the cantatas

Influencers of Singing EXTRA CONTENT: George Martynuk

A couple weeks ago we had George Martynuk of George M. Martynuk Management talk with Mark Stoddard about his agency and how he runs things. Now we’d like to share

The Doctor Is In: Ask Dr. Jahn – Haller Cells

Dr. Anthony Jahn answers questions each month for CS Music. If you have a question, email support@csmusic.net.  How do Haller cells and a nasal polyp affect resonance? What solutions do

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

Coping With Criticism

My day of triumph had finally arrived! I made my NYC debut in a world premiere, and luckily the NY Times gave me a favorable review. Instantly I joined the

Audition Tune-up: Avoiding Overdone Musical Theatre Songs

I had the immense privilege of judging the majority of the Musical Theatre rounds in this year’s CS Vocal Competition in Chicago. I heard so many impressive voices in both

Influencers of Singing: Interview with Darin Adams

Mark Stoddard: Well, good day. It’s now time for our podcast of the Influencers of Professional Music and Theater. I’m Mark Stoddard, marketing and media consultant to CS Music and

So You Want to Sing Barbershop?

The So You Want to Sing series continues to produce books directed to vocalists interested in specific genres. The Rowman & Littlefield series, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers

Katharina von Bora

Katharina von Bora is an historical, non-religious opera written by conductor and composer Mihai Valcu, with lyrics by Bill Zeiger. In his critique after the opera’s premiere, November 7, 2015,

Why do you sing?

Why do you sing? This is the first question I often ask new voice students, sensing that they sometimes need to be shaken awake, in order to change direction and

The Singer’s Library – Different Strokes for Different Folks

Previous books from the So You Want to Sing series that have been featured in this column have covered genres ranging from jazz to country to sacred music. The already