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Classical Concrete: A Review and Guide to the NYC Music Scene

Welcome to the debut post of Classical Concrete, curated by Mary Claire Curran. Classical Concrete is inspired by the NYC classical music scene. The accompanying Spotify playlist tries to encompass

Freelance Singer’s Survival Guide : Filtering Feedback

We’ve all been there… The conflicting information and comments. The confusing or unsolicited advice. Let’s take a brief look two common scenarios, and ways you can filter through all the

How to Lose the Desperation and Find Your Power

Did anyone ever say, “I’ll give you a banana if you sing this for me. I’ll give you two bananas if you sing it on roller skates. I’ll give you

Bringing Opera “To the People”

While Alex Stoddard of CS Music was in New York City he perchanced upon a unique performing group – Pop-Up Opera at Anita’s Way. CS Music is always looking to

The Singer’s Library: Transgender Voices

When I was a beginning voice teacher, I was eager to teach any student who came to me for lessons. I quickly found, however, that the students who had different

The Right European YAP or Summer Program for You

It is not too late to make plans to attend one of the many Summer Programs in Europe. Back in December 2018, I wrote an article also addressing this topic

News and Notes from the Community

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards has announced the presentation of its award for excellence to Pittsburgh Festival Opera (PFO) for its

Music Should Mean Something : Advice from George Shirley

Music should mean something. Sound should mean something. Know what and why you are singing and your sound will come from somewhere amazing. Venerated tenor and voice teacher George Shirley has

Which School is Best for You?

Our CEO Alex Stoddard recently received this email from a member of our CS Music Community. Dear Mr. Stoddard, I have competed in the CS Music Vocal Competition for the

How to Get a Singing Job on a Cruise Line

Great performers become great performers by performing. To find performing jobs you need to be “in the shipping lanes.” Here’s one job that is literally just that – in the

Your Health: Acid Reflux, Motion Sickness, and Warm-Ups

I have never heard of varicosity on the cords. How common is this? What are the chances that with some vocal rest and acid reduction medicine the vein will go

Your Health: Medicating the Voice

What to take or avoid Question: As a singer which medications should I avoid/take? Dr. Jahn: This is a bit complicated but understandable…and essential. So let’s get some detail. Most

To Belt or Not to Belt: Does Musical Theatre Damage Your Voice?

Is Musical Theatre Singing Damaging to the Classical Voice? Works written for the musical theatre vary greatly in style, some of which are more in sync with the opulent legato,

Selling Out Your Home Concert: Part 1

Anyone can hold a concert. Just like anyone can make any number of products you see or buy in the market place. Making products isn’t the problem. Finding buyers is.

From CS Competition Winner to Diva

Gillian Hollis’s Lessons Learned Gillian Hollis, the University Winner in 2012 CS Vocal Competition has found success and challenges since winning and she has some things she’s learned  about dealing

How to Memorize a Script/Score

Oddly enough, while a formal vocal education includes classes in music theory, diction, acting and interpretation, we almost never take classes that teach us how to memorize.

Creating a Singer’s Budget

SINGERS FINANCE SERIES You shouldn’t need to be wealthy to pursue a career in singing. However, it’s no secret that those who have enough money to finance a career in

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot : Teacher Spotlight

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot has been teaching singing for 52 years. 45 of those have been at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he is Professor of Voice. When he first

Tips of the Trade : Memorization Techniques

Follow CS Music’s ongoing YouTube series “Tips of the Trade”. In this installment, soprano Jennifer Rowley shares her secrets about memorizing text for any role of any size:  

Spotlighting a Great Mentor and Her Program

It’s amazing how many great people have dedicated themselves to advancing the skills and opportunities of singers. When I interview these great people, my mind is blown by their intelligence

Dress for Audition Success

You’ve perfected your songs and you’re ready to sing your heart out for that audition or competition, but what should you wear? Are there different rules for opera and musical

4 Tips for Crossover Success

The market place for singers in the United States is rapidly changing. While classical music is by far the most common genre taught in the university setting, in the outside