September 2015

Joyce DiDonato: : The Power in One Voice

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato continues to be one of the most sought-after singers of our time. But in addition to her work on the stage, she is also becoming one of the most sought-after educators in the business. Her teaching moments in masterclasses and commencement addresses have gone viral. And in her very personal blog on her website, as well as in this Classical Singer
exclusive interview, she reaches beyond the stage to take on the social questions of our time.

The Doctor is In: : Dr. Eugen Grabscheid, A Life Remembered

Dr. Jahn remembers a legendary and influential otolaryngologist who treated many singers for many years. Read about this doctor’s early life and his education in pre-World War II Austria in this first of a two-part tribute to Dr. Eugen Grabscheid.

Ask Erda : Protection for Independent Singers

What do you do when problems arise on the job? What protection is available for singers who work as independent contractors? From getting a contract to what the contract should say to holding the other party to said contract, find out how to protect yourself and your interests.

From the Editor : Leading and Following

One morning while traveling along the freeway, I spotted a momma duck with four tiny little ducklings on the side of the road. It looked like a picture out of

The Singer at Virginia Tech

Are there advantages to getting a music degree at a technical school? Faculty and alumni with firsthand experience discuss the benefits of this well-rounded education.

An Up-and-Coming Program

Read a detailed look at University of Notre Dame’s master of sacred music in vocal performance, an exciting new program preparing singers for church jobs and more.

Wearing All the Hats: : Singers as Administrators

Once upon a time, singers with jobs other than performing weren’t considered serious. But is that perception changing? Four singers with successful singing careers discuss their “other” jobs as arts administrators and how they make it all work.

Showing Singers the Ropes

Mentors can help guide classical vocalists on the path toward a successful and thriving career. Find out what makes a good mentor and how to create your own circle of important advisors to guide and assist you along your career path.

Sing Free

Why studying music in Germany is today’s best-value vocal education.

Training the Young Male Voice

What makes the young male voice unique, and how does that impact its training?
Find the answers, including specific vocalises to help in the process, here.

Is a DMA For You?

Three singers who hold a doctorate of musical arts discuss the benefits, misperceptions, and challenges surrounding this degree.

Schools of Thought: : Comparisons and Considerations When Choosing a College

What is the difference between a school of music and a conservatory? A department of music and a school of music? Professors at all types of schools outline what prospective students can expect at these various institutions.

The Music Major Minute : The Senior Recital—Preparing Yourself & Your Music

If you’re a vocal performance major, a senior recital is in your future. Learn how to program an interesting recital that will best showcase you as well as discover helpful tips for preparing during your recital semester.