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Get Your Money’s Worth

November 1, 2010

In the winter of 333 B.C., the Macedonian general Alexander and his army arrived in the Asian city of Gordian to take up winter quarters. While there, Alexander heard about the legend surrounding the town’s famous knot, the “Gordian Knot.” A prophecy states that whoever is able to untie this strangely complicated knot will become || Continue »

My Approach to Vocal Principles

February 1, 2010

I have been asked many times over the years to share my thoughts about the process of singing in one of my newsletters. I have decided to do so in this month’s newsletter. There are many different ways to explain this remarkable process. Some people prefer a more technical, pedagogic approach, focusing on what each || Continue »

The Full Measure of Your Potential! How To Be A Winner

February 1, 2008

Would your life be different if you were treated daily by others and yourself, as if you lived up to the full measure of your potential not only as a singer, but as a whole human? What would that look, feel and sound like to you? Our country has spent several decades “dumbing down” all || Continue »

The Audition Process

December 1, 2007

Because I have recently adjudicated several competitions in succession, this subject is heavy on my mind. There are so many different aspects, of being comfortable and prepared for each and every audition, that most singers don’t even seem to be aware of. Of course there is the obvious. You have to gather the information about || Continue »

Your Responsibilities: Choosing Your Voice Teacher

November 1, 2007

If not knowing how to choose the voice teacher for you or what your responsibilities are in preparing and taking a voice lesson, then this newsletter is for you. It can be a win-win solution that allows you the singer and your teacher to both feel empowered and productive. What is the best way to || Continue »

Is This a Miracle or a Well Deserved Outcome?

April 1, 2007

Nathan got the call that he had made the finals of the Met Auditions which would take place in NYC in April. He immediately thought to himself, “This is a miracle!” and then started worrying that maybe he wasn’t really ready for this level of competition. It then occurred to him that he had actually || Continue »

Tradition: Is Your Aria Ready?

November 1, 2006

In the Sunday, October 22, 2006 edition of the New York Times, critic Anthony Tommasini wrote an interesting article “A Lamentation on the Dearth of Divas.” He begged the question, “Where are the singers to give voice to opera’s grandest music? Probably tackling a wider repertory.” He went on to say that everyone is singing || Continue »

Finding the Right Voice Teacher for You

August 1, 2006

Do these stories resonate with you? Ann’s Story – Ann was unbelievably thrilled at having been accepted at Juilliard School of Music Master Program. She was floating on air. This was it. She had been assigned to a teacher whose reputation was very well known for producing singers with amazing careers, some of whom were || Continue »

The Secrets to Making English Your Favorite Language

March 1, 2006

The Secrets to Making English Your Favorite Language to Sing in and Be Understood! Several singers have asked me recently if I had any helpful suggestions for singing in English and being understood. It seems to be a universal conundrum, because, though using the English language is how we communicate in this country all day || Continue »

Moving Past Technique to Performing Artist

October 1, 2005

Allison felt she finally had a solid technique. Her audition arias were ready. She had spent a lot of time, energy and money working with some really great repertoire coaches and dramatic coaches on these arias. Her languages and diction were great and she had her foot on the first rung of the professional career || Continue »

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