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I Will Survive : Why Opera Singers Will Thrive and Survive COVID 19

COVID 19 is having a profound effect on our daily lives. Simplest things we only recently took for granted are now completely impossible: taking a walk in the park, visiting

Crossover Corner : How to Cut a Song for an Audition

Thoughtfully prepare each audition cut by demonstrating strong storytelling and musicianship.

Three Things You Can Do for Your Career Today

The days are starting to run together. It's as though the no man's land between Christmas and New Years has expanded indefinitely. What day is it? Do I have to put on real clothes? Did I eat breakfast? Here are some suggestions to break the monotony and rejuvenate your career and life!

Working with Technology : When it's not about the technology

Working with technology when it's not about the technology.

Your Health: TMJ Syndrome Affecting My Voice

I have been told that my jaw pain is TMJ syndrome. It isn't severe, but it has started to affect my singing. What are my best options for treatment? I've been given the impression to just leave it alone and it should get better. Is that correct?

Arrigo Boito’s “Streben”

Though the innovations of Arrigo Boito were initially met with resistance, his work, Mefistofele, left a profound influence on operatic composers.

Practicing During the Coronavirus Epidemic

The coronavirus quarantine has been a time of ups and downs for many of us, so I would like to share some practical and inspirational ideas for practice during this time of isolation. Quarantine can be an unprecedented gift of time despite the challenges and anxiety that go along with it. Many are already taking advantage of it by posting their creativity on social media, while others might not have the physical place to practice or record videos, or might be feeling depressed and even shame because they are seeing so many artists inspired to create. Taking a break can be good for the soul, but when you are ready to get back to practicing, I hope these ideas can provide the kick start you need for jumping back into practicing. Know that the pressure is off for once. There are very few auditions and no live performances, therefore there is no judgement or criticism. Drop your shoulders, let go of the rigors of deadlines, and sink into a joyful practice, a time when you can forget the worries of the outside world. Play and experiment because there is no rush to be perfect right now! Try some of these ideas, and use this time to reset your mind, body, and spirit, and grow.

Why I Chose to Not Get Paid for My Last Gig : Composer Kurt Erickson

One composer finds increased opportunities and collaboration through an unusual approach to commissioning new works.

Video Auditions : How to be a Standout

Video auditions are becoming more and more standard in the singing world. College pre-screen auditions, vocal competitions, and even professional theatre and classical auditions are using this format, but many singers do not know how to show themselves off to their best advantage in this medium. There are a lot of components that go into a polished and professional video audition, and for national singing competitions, college auditions, and scholarship competitions, the talent pool is deep, so you want to present yourself in the best possible light. Here are some guidelines to bear in mind:

The Singer’s Library : Music by Women

Two authors advocate for equal representation, encourage change, and offer solutions when programming the works of women composers.

Teaching Online Lessons : Six ways to help you effectively transition to online lessons

Let’s face it, you may not be up-to-date on the latest and greatest technology and you may not have ever given an online lesson in your life, we’re here to tell you, it’s going to be okay. Transitioning to online lessons can be challenging at first, there are a lot of unknowns to overcome, but you’ve got this! With a little willingness to learn, you can empower your teaching abilities and reach your students in ways you’ve never been able to in the past. In this article, we will outline six ways to survive the transition to online lessons.

Singing with Neck Tension : Your Health with Dr. Jahn

Find answers to your health questions in this ongoing series of "Your Health with Dr. Jahn". This week's question deals with neck tension.