Great Storytelling

Solid vocal technique is critical when venturing out into the real world of professional singing. And I don’t think we talk enough about why it’s so important to gain a really solid vocal foundation.
To me, the main focus of performance is to tell the story; to take the audience on a journey. Making that happen is much easier to do when you have a foundation on which to build the character and place the framework of the piece. It gives you the freedom to make all the appropriate colors, sounds, inflections, and dynamics that bring a character and story to life. The venue doesn’t matter. It can be anything from an audition, to performing solos for your church job, presenting a community concert, singing for friends and family, to a star studded staged opera with orchestra. It’s doing your job because that is your job, to tell the story.
As a singer, you are a story teller and the more solid your vocal technique, the more intricate and well flavored the story can be; you take your audience on an amazing journey by scooping them up in your arms at the beginning of the journey, and gently putting them back at the end as you thank them for trusting your choices on this journey. It doesn’t matter who they are, know that they are there to escape to another time and place; to forget about their cares and worries for a few hours. Think of the possibilities… even in an audition.

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.