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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.

The Music Major Minute : Why Major in Music Education?

Don’t view an education degree as Plan B. Benefits to this route are many, including shared artistry and stability.   

Broadway’s Sharon Wheatley

When we think about this time during Covid-19 and how isolating it can be, we have to find ways to stay connected. Staying connected and finding empathy and love for one another reminds us who we are and allows us to contribute to the world around us. One way to stay connected is by sharing our story. CS Music is excited to share a little of Sharon Wheatley's story. Sharon currently performs on Broadway in Come From Away as Diane and Others. As you read Sharon's story, we hope that you're reminded that you are also a part of this amazing community–"this big family," as Sharon says. We have a responsibility to take care of each other and watch out for one another. 

Program Spotlight: Boston University Tanglewood Institute

A summer program exclusively for high school singers is giving them a taste of conservatory and professional life and instilling the importance of comradery. 

Post Nasal Drip and Deviated Septums

I read your article about deviated septums. I too have a deviated septum on my left side but I also have allergies which cause everyday post-nasal drip. Do ENT’s also deal with allergies that effect ENT? My question is, do you know if post nasal drip would improve or disappear if I get the septoplasty. Obviously, controlling allergy symptoms is part of that which I’m working on.

The Art of Selecting a Summer Program

Where should you start when choosing a summer program or YAP? Get advice and direction from the pros here.

3 Keys for Coping in Uncertain Times

With all the closures, cancellations, and the social distancing — it’s a strange new reality. How are you dealing with it? To help, here are my three keys for coping with uncertainty.

Online Alternatives: Teaching and Singing During the Coronavirus Crisis

These are unknown and somewhat scary times right now. The coronavirus has created a lot of uncertainty in our community and while we don’t have all the answers individually, we