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Away From Home For the Holidays

For performers living and working away from home, the extra holiday workload combined with being away from family can be tough. Yet the CS Regional Reporters are adapting remarkably well. Below, a few share their secrets for making holidays special.

The Guerrilla Temp

Who’s a guerrilla temp? Someone who knows more than the party line we all get when we sign on with a temporary agency. Here are a few statements many of us have heard, and what they really mean.

IRAs–Simple Tools for Future Security

In the 9:00-5:00 career-track world, retirement is usually figured into the employee’s benefit package. As free-lance singers working for a flat fee, it is up to us to provide for our “golden years.” One method is the individual retirement account: easy, convenient and effective.

Ace Your Oratorio Audition

Auditioning for a solo position in an oratorio? Here are some tips from Lyndon Woodside, conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York, on what to sing, what to wear, and what to do.

’Tis The Season…To Make Money!

The holidays present some special money-making opportunities for singers, and one of those is caroling! Cynthia Vaughn spoke to some singers who are earning extra cash for the holiday season while simultaneously having a great time.

MENTORS–Continuing the Circle

Like Sherrill Milnes, many singers, conductors, coaches and teachers had mentors as they made their way up the career ladder. Now they are completing the circle: giving back to the field by working with singers in a mentoring capacity.

Scenes From A Life

Sherrill Milnes on performing, mentoring,
and passing along a lifetime’s worth of memories

Singing On the Edge of the Spotlight

There are a lot of alternatives open to singers besides front and center stage. One of those is singing in a professional opera chorus. Lina Cotman spoke with several Metropolitan Opera choristers to find out what they think of life upstage left.

Trouble for NYCO

Age discrimination allegations plus AGMA insurance news

Vitamin Therapy and Singers

Our society seems to be growing more and more aware of homeopathic treatments and natural diets and remedies. What should we be aware of when we reach for that megadose of vitamin C? Dr. Jahn explains in this month’s column.

The Social Value of Our Talents

For some people, philanthropy starts early. Here is one college student’s experiences performing on behalf of the José Carreras Leukemia Foundation.

MASSAGE: : Luxury or Essential Career Tool?

Is regular massage an extravagance, or an investment in your own peace of mind as a busy singer? Singers and massage therapists discuss massage as anything from an occasional splurge to an integral part of their physical routine.