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The Music Major Minute: Unexpected Vocal Literature Part One – English

The songs you sing in lessons will be some of the most memorable studies of your college years. This column will present the national guidelines for repertoire selection with lists of some unexpected art songs that represent styles and languages that vocal music majors need to learn in English.

An Intimate Creation: Co-creators Nathan Gunn and Beth Morrison on “In Our Daughter’s Eyes”

Nathan Gunn and Beth Morrison share their insights on "In Our Daughter's Eyes", the opening production at this year's PROTOTYPE Festival.

The Open Letter to Afton Battle from the Black Administrators of Opera

The resignation of Afton Battle from Forth Worth Opera is sending shock waves throughout the operatic community. Her departure mid-season raises important questions about the state of the industry.

Tips from Juilliard: Audition Prep Is Not Just About Practicing

Preparing for an audition means hours, days, and weeks of practice. Yet all the practice in the world can be for naught if you do not also pay attention to two other parts of audition preparation.

Eve Gigliotti: “I didn’t really have a Plan B”

American mezzo Eve Gigliotti recounts the experiences, struggles, and opportunities that helped launch her professional career. Read on to learn more about this celebrated singer.

A Singer’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Do you ever feel the "holiday struggle"? If so, you are not alone. Minda Larsen shares some tips to help survive-and even enjoy-the holidays as a singer.

5 Ways to Get Better at Practicing

Practicing is crucial for vocal development, but it can be overwhelming trying to practice when you don’t know where to start. Here are some strategies to help you get the most out of your practice sessions!

5 Acting Tips to Stand Out from the Crowd in Your College Auditions

Every year, musical theatre faculty at colleges and universities everywhere hold auditions for want-to-be musical theatre majors. Read on for five tips to have a solid audition.

The Domenic J. Pellicciotti Composition Prize Winners

The 2022 winners of the Pellicciotti Composition Prize are Timothy Takach and Caitlin Vincent. Their opera, Computing Venus, provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of astronomer Maria Mitchell.

For Singers Who Want to Perform and Teach: College Search Strategies

Many singers love both performing and teaching. As faculty in Voice and Choral Music Education, we offer strategies for choosing a college that nurtures both passions.

Tips from Juilliard: Making the Most of a Consultation Lesson

Sample lesson. Trial lesson. Consultation lesson. These are all terms related to the suggestion, “Take a lesson.” What follows is some how-to advice along with wisdom from Darrell Babidge, chair of Juilliard’s voice studio faculty. 

The Music Major Minute: Significance – A Singer’s Super Power

With classes back in session and deadlines for the end of the semester already looming, the search for artistic integrity can be pushed aside. Read on for a reminder of how to check in with yourself and recall why it is you sing.