November 2017

Langan Longevity

Bass Kevin Langan set a remarkable record in 2010: he became the first singer to achieve 300 performances with the San Francisco Opera. A milestone like that doesn’t happen overnight, but after a nearly four-decade career—something Langan says was made possible by an ironclad technique given him by a great teacher and honed over years of diligent and daily practice. Now Langan is sharing his wealth of experience with the next generation in classes about the business of singing, information he generously shares here. From the value of a DMA to filing taxes to what your take-home pay should be, Langan lays out clearly and simply the business details of a singing career and more.

The Doctor Is In: : Stay Healthy This Winter

Don’t let a cold or cough derail your audition and Messiah season. Read about preventive measures you can take to stay well this winter.

The Singer’s Library : Acoustic Insights

A follow-up book by Professor of Music Kenneth W. Bozeman explores using kinesthesia and knowledge of acoustics to create more efficient singing within a voice studio.

The Music Major Minute: : Chiaroscuro: Find Your Light

Achieving balance can be a lifelong pursuit. Whether the aim is balance in a singing technique or in life management, these suggestions can help.

From the Editor : You Know You’re a Singer When . . .

I recently came across one of those annoying click-bait lists that pervade the Internet and flood your social media feeds. And while I try and remain disciplined in my vow

A Choral Calling

Jim Meyer talks about his unique and fulfilling work for almost 45 years with San Francisco Opera as both chorus and dance manager as well as a member of the chorus.

Shoperatic : Divas Who Hustle

Have an interest in exploring entrepreneurism outside of singing? Discover the options presented by Shoperatic and find support in this blossoming community.

Shaking It Up : From RN to Vocal Instructor and Performer

Going back to school is not for the faint of heart. But with two new degrees behind her and a busy and full musical career ahead of her, this nurse turned singer says it was all worth it.

How to Stop Wrestling with Your Negative Self-Talk

Find greater confidence and peace through understanding what your thoughts really are.

Evolving Ingénue : Talise Trevigne

With an operatic career that includes many premieres of new works as well as traditional classic productions, Talise Trevigne is constantly looking forward to the future and for her next available challenge.

Where I Last Got Paid to Sing : Versatile Vocalist Extraordinaire, Maria Damore

Read about one singer whose last paid gig included an innovative new concept, jazz opera.