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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,

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

The Singer’s Library : Singing with Your Whole Self

The Feldenkrais Method has been aiding singers for decades but has only recently become more accepted with scientific backing. Discover more about this method in a second edition publication.

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

Summer Program Spotlight: La Musica Lirica

We like to Spotlight noted Summer Programs and one that keep rising to the top of the list is La Musica Lirica, so here’s a brief Q&A with its director