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Beyond Basics : What You'll Need when you're there

Voice students have a lot of considerations that the average student does not.
Sarah Booth gives a few tips on what to remember when you’re packing for school.

View From the Inside : Singers on Education-The CS Poll

What are Singers saying about Education? Read the Poll to find out!

View From the Top : General Directors on Education

Along with singers, CS conducted a poll of opera company general directors to get their insights
on what today’s performers are demonstrating in terms of education. The results may surprise you…

Starting Out Right : Dale Moore: What you Need to Know

What information does the new conservatory student need to have? Renowned voice professor
Dale Moore explains the rigors of the conservatory, and what young singers can expect.

Painting your Own Colors : A Conversation with Maria Spacagna

In a warm and very candid interview, soprano Maria Spacagna discusses success, art, and family with Maria Zouves.

“Home Schooling” : A Non-standard Approach to Education

Less than a year shy of his upcoming debut as Alidoro in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, John Relyea is doing a lot of preparatory work, including performing the

Different Roads : The “No Music School” Option

I have the distinct impression that nobody in the real performing world cares where you went to school, or even if you went to school at all. What they want is someone who can fill the shoes of a working opera singer.

The Best of Three Worlds : Susan Graham

In terms of education, Susan Graham has experienced just about every different type of program available.

Meistersinger : Making the Grad School Decision

Graduate school involves a commitment of time, money, and energy, and may or may not help you to achieve your performance goals.

The Renaissance Singer : Study at a Liberal Arts School

In addition to vocal technique, singers need to be knowledgeable about languages, music history and theory, drama, business, publicity, and marketing, and a host of other widely varied fields of study. Where can a young singer acquire this bewildering array of tools?

The Pressure Cooker : Singers at the Conservatory

Amanda West* is what you might think of as a “typical” young music student–fresh out of high school, earnest, already determined to improve her art and craft, and ambitious.

A big Fish in a Little Pond : Choosing a Smaller University

. “My school was so small that I was the only freshman voice major that year. Really!” By comparison, the 20 voice majors enrolled last year at Saint Xavier University in Chicago must seem like a bumper crop