September 2017

Still Eager to Learn: : Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee began taking the opera world by storm when he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2001. In the 16 years since then, the tenor has sung in all of the major opera houses around the world. Still at the height of his career, Brownlee is branching out, recently taking a position as artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia, a company the singer has shared a long relationship with. Brownlee discusses his new position and how he hopes to bring opera to a wider, more diverse audience and how he sees his career progressing in the coming years. He also shares his thoughts on always living like a student, even after those university years.

The Singer’s Library : Exploring the Estill Voice Model

A new book serves not only as an exploration into the scientific principles of the Estill Voice Model, but also as a loving memory to the work of a great pedagogue and friend, Jo Estill.

The Doctor Is In: : Ask Dr. Jahn

Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about the connection between sensation in the nasal area and lack of vibrato and the pros and cons of a recommended dental implant. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at

Where I Last Got Paid to Sing : Fearless Soprano: Kirsten C. Kunkle

Read about a soprano who, by starting her own opera company, made connections that opened doors for other job opportunities—including her last paid gig.

The Music Major Minute : Bach to School: Art Songs You Can Handle

Looking to freshen up your art song repertoire this fall? These suggestions will help you get a jump-start on upcoming recitals, concerts, and juries.

From the Editor : Finding Stability and Fulfillment through a Correlating Career

During my first year of graduate school, I received an e-mail that changed the course of my life in an unexpected way. As a subscriber to Classical Singer magazine, I

Thriving Not Just Surviving in Music Theory

Three music theory gurus lend perspective and ideas to the hows and whys of studying music theory.

CS Music Vocal Competition Winners Announced

More than $2.1 million in scholarships and $16,000 in cash prizes were awarded at the CS Music Convention, Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Top 10 Personality Traits a Singer Needs to Get Rehired

Landing a job is definitely worth celebrating. But if you want to develop a singing career, the real trick is getting rehired. Find out what you can do to ensure that happens.

Celebrating Classical Music and Cuisine

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza shares his passion for food with the creation of a food app designed to help diners branch outside of their comfort zone.

Artist Managers Advise: : Navigating Vocal Studies in the U.S.

Ever wonder what established artist managers think of university-level education? Read their opinions and advice here to help with this crucial decision.

New Training Program for Undergraduates

Most every singer is familiar with Houston Grand Opera’s top tier Young Artist Program. But what you might not know about is the company’s one-week Young Artists Vocal Academy, established in 2011 specifically for undergraduates. Read about the experiences of last May’s participants and all that this program has to offer.

Going for Brokerage : Singers Talk about the Realty Business

Finding regular work even as a seasoned singer is a rarity. Explore the ups and downs of a field that tends to ebb and flow with singers who have looked to real estate as an economic option.

Music as Medicine : Glenn Fernandez

Glenn Fernandez knew at the age of four that he wanted to be a doctor and that he loved to sing. Even though over the years many have pressured him to choose between his two passions, Fernandez has found a way to pursue them both, beginning with his untraditional path through multiple degrees in music and medicine.

‘Breaking Through’ at the Peabody Institute

As music continues to change and evolve, shouldn’t music education also follow suit? Here the dean and voice chair at Peabody Institute share their ideas on taking music education in a modernized direction.

Getting Real : The Correlating Career

Consider why creating your own path as a singer should include a dual career.

Technology and Today’s Classical Singer

Technology has made the world very small. Have a closer look at how Skype propelled one aspiring vocalist’s education forward.