Belong To The Music!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Audition season is upon us. Now is the time to put all your resources of time, energy and money plus, conscious focus on achieving your next step to getting a job.  This must be your life right now. You have to give your attention to your gift, not to your insecurities and cravings to be liked. The only person who can take you off point is you. Sometimes, it’s easy to self-sabotage yourself by creating all kinds of distractions that move you away from focusing on the big picture of where you want to be at the end of the auditioning season.

You have to keep asking yourself, what’s in it for me and how will that give “them” what they want and need as well. So, expand your consciousness to include the value of your story telling ability to others without get caught up in the distraction of wanting them to like you. That’s not your job. That’s the distraction. Your job is to perform the same way you have practiced, not just from memory, but also from instinct. Have your music so imbedded in your cells that you perform on instinct from deep within. Belong to the music.

Don’t put your value in your success. Instead put it into your effort to tell the story the composer and librettist put on the page. Trust your vocal technique to be the consistent foundation for your story telling. Break out of the hesitation of not trusting that voice within, that mind-boggling artist that is so ready to paint a vocal picture and transport others to an emotional time and place that no one else can take them. Have the courage to go there.That’s your job! And you are ready to do your job. Avanti.


Carol Kirkpatrick

For as long as she can remember, singing and performing have always been in Carol Kirkpatrick’s blood. From her beginnings in a small farming town in southeastern Arizona, through her early first-place triumph at the prestigious San Francisco Opera Auditions, and subsequent career on international stages, Ms. Kirkpatrick has thrilled audiences and critics alike. “A major voice, one worth the whole evening.” (The New York Times) Since retiring from the stage, she continues to be in demand as a voice teacher, clinician, and adjudicator of competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Combining her knowledge of performance, business, and interpersonal skills, she has written the second edition of her highly regarded book, Aria Ready: The Business of Singing, a step-by-step career guide for singers and teachers of singing.  Aria Ready has been used by universities, music conservatories and summer and apprentice programs throughout the world as a curriculum for teaching Ms. Kirkpatrick’s process of career development, making her “the” expert in this area.  She lives in Denver, Colorado.