May 2017

Coming Full Circle

With over a decade of leading roles on the world’s most impressive operatic stages, award-winning recording albums, and extensive concert work, renowned soprano Nicole Cabell shares her career highlights since her BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition win in 2005, what it has been like settling into an illustrious performance career, and her newfound love of teaching. Read more about her early beginnings as a Lyric Opera Center artist and her whirlwind career that eventually led to a return to the Windy City and finding a place to call home.

Hear more from Cabell in person this month at the CS Music Convention in Chicago,
May 25–28.

Where I Last Got Paid to Sing: : Airport Connections with Taylor Hillary Boykins

Mezzo-soprano Taylor Hillary Boykins shares the amazing story of how a random conversation in an airport led to her most recent gig.

The Doctor Is In: : Life with Reflux— The Ups and Downs

Get to the bottom of acid reflux by understanding the possible causes and best treatments.

The Singer’s Library : New Books Demystify Unconventional Songs

Read up on two new anthologies of lesser-known songs to add to your next recital or to study simply for your own learning pleasure.

From the Editor : Failing Better

A friend of mine, a former Peruvian tennis pro who toured South America with her country’s national team in the 1970s, now coaches tennis in the States. From her small

Top 10 Ways to Get Gigs

From staying positive to networking, here are 10 practical things you can do to perform more.

Looking Back, Looking Forward : An Interview with 2016 Competition Winners

The 2016 CS Music Vocal Competition winners share their experiences and tips with the 2017 competitors—plus what life is like after the competition.

From the Trenches : Tamara Wilson

With major awards and contracts with the likes of Zurich and Berlin Opera Houses, soprano Tamara Wilson’s career is quickly moving into the big time. As the singer prepared for her debut with Florida Grand Opera, she took a moment to discuss what the last year has been like for her.

The Thrill of Letting Go

Every singer knows that rejection and failure are part of the gig. But how do you keep moving forward when such rebuffs can feel so demoralizing? Discover four strategies you can use to bounce back.

Believe in Yourself : (Easier Said than Done)

The author of The 21st-Century Singer: Making the Leap from the University into the World shares three things you can proactively do to keep believing in yourself when the going gets tough.

Using Technology in the Practice Room

Discover how you can use your laptop to really up your game in the practice room—and then see it all in action at the CS Music Convention in Chicago this month.

The Music Major Minute: : You Do You: To Thine Own Self Be True

Finding your authentic self and unique artistry in a classical music degree program can be a daunting task. This sage advice can help you find your footing more soundly.