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Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Dean Southern

Careers in music are often the result of long, winding journeys, not direct pathways.  Dr. Southern’s journey is no exception. Dr. Southern’s first two degrees are in piano performance.  He had

Got Authenticity? It’s Your Bio’s Missing Ingredient

Last week Anna Manalo wrote in with a juicy branding and marketing question for all of us to chew on. Here’s what Anna asked about, “how to determine/identify authenticity for

Brexit – How are singers and musicians affected?

The word Brexit conjures up all sorts of horror scenarios for anyone thinking of doing business in the United Kingdom after March 29, 2019.  As of right now, Brexit is

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

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

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

Give Up the Fixed

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery People with a fixed mindset think their talents and intelligence are simply

How You Do What You Do Matters!

First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” Charles C. Nobel Imagine your brain is a garden, except instead of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, you grow synaptic

What Would Deborah Voigt Do?

Superstar soprano, Deborah Voigt, is taking charge of life beyond the stage in a commanding way. A biography, a one-woman show, a teaching fellowship at Notre Dame, artistic director of

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