Health & Technique

The Dr. Is In : Avoiding Winter Colds: A Rational Approach

Dear Dr. Jahn, I’m 31, and for the past decade I’ve gotten 4–6 head colds every year between October and April. It doesn’t seem to matter that I get consistent

Mental Health and the Met: Dr. Angel Caraballo discusses preparation for the Met’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Last month, The Metropolitan Opera’s opening night performance marked not only the historic re-opening of the house after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a season-long closure, but it also welcomed the eagerly awaited premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones—the Met’s first performance of an opera composed by a Black composer. Recently, I learned that my friend and neighbor, Dr. Angel Caraballo, served as a consultant to the company, advising on the strong adult themes noted on the Met’s website.

Vocal Health: Oral Contraceptives and the Voice

Last year Dr. Anthony Jahn and Classical Singer collaborated on a
survey of female singers and their experiences with contraceptives.
Here is an analysis of what singers reported.

Finding Balance in Mental, Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional Health

Caring for your mental health alone isn’t sufficient for well-being as a singer—it is one piece of the puzzle. Read in this personal essay one singer’s story of finding balance in mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health in the midst of personal turmoil, chronic illness, and the career challenges those difficulties yielded.

Checking In: Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Singers

Mental and emotional health is often tied to a singer’s identity. Learn how singers have managed the detrimental aspects of their career through therapy, positive self-talk, and the healing power of music.

Managing Audition Anxiety

Audition anxiety is a major factor for many singers. Learn here how seasoned professionals handled their audition anxiety and built confidence and perspective through mindfulness and other techniques.

Dr. Jahn: Nasal Sensitivity, Dental Implants, and More

Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about the connection between sensation in the nasal area and lack of vibrato and the pros and cons of a recommended dental implant. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at

I Don’t Really Feel Like Singing Right Now

Yesterday, sitting in my little house alone, I stared down the void of Zoom, teaching young singers how to modify vowels.  When I finished teaching, I went into my kitchen

Understanding the Singing Voice: Anatomy or Imagery?

Are you left brained or right brained? Most of us are familiar with the distinction: right brained is intuitive, imaginative, and abstract while left brained is concrete and analytic. The

Crossover Corner : How Do I Know When I'm in the Danger Zone?

any classical singers are curious about crossover styles but tentative to truly explore other genres. Read on for how to establish best practices in mix/belt styles and to recognize any

Ask Dr. Jahn

Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about why acid reflux would flare up after 10 years of no symptoms, what to do for large polyps in both nostrils, and how to treat an ear that chronically plugs during sleep. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at

The Doctor Is In: Ask Dr. Jahn – Vocal Fold Hemorrhage

Dr. Anthony Jahn answers questions each month for CS Music. If you have a question, email How big is the risk of vocal fold hemorrhage when taking high concentration ibuprofen