Advice

Sent to my voice students recently:

From an interview I read the other day with an aged opera star…..

Subject: DO THE WORK

Date: August 17, 2017 at 7:34:22 PM CDT

His advice to singers was simple: DO THE WORK

“You don’t know what’s going to happen to you. You have dreams, you have aspirations, but you don’t know what’s going to happen and you can’t control it. But while you’re involved in the process, DO THE WORK. We don’t know where it’s going to lead but you can know with surety that you haven’t wasted your time. You’ve learned lessons that will help you in life no matter what road you end up on. Regardless of the outcomes, DO THE WORK.”

We talked for a while longer—and I’ll share more of his thoughts in later blog posts—but his admonition to DO THE WORK stuck with me. Whether we’re a singer looking for a breakthrough, a teacher trying connect and inspire a struggling student, or a businessman trying to carve a niche in a small and competitive industry, we all face similar challenges. All we can do is do the work. That might not lead to the outcomes we expect or plan for, but as Mr. Shirley assured me, things will work out for the best if we DO THE WORK.

Advertisements

How to choose a voice teacher

This blog entry is spot on!

http://erinrebeccaroberts.com/blog/2017/7/8/tips-for-choosing-a-voice-teacher

And I always offer a trial lesson for those who ask, and I audition every private student who wishes to study with me, just to ensure fit and compatibility.

Habits

The Classical Singer site is filled with helpful and informative and interesting articles.

Here’s an important one:
http://csmusic.net/blog/how-daily-habits-make-a-better-singer/

What they want

http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2017/7/5/what-they-really-want-at-an-audition

An important read for anyone auditioning for any role, ever.

Anatomy

Thanks, Matt Edwards, for this wonderful primer!!

https://edwardsvoice.wordpress.com/laryngeal-anatomy-101/

Mapping the throat

And how about getting the tongue to the right place?

Here’s a reminder:

https://edwardsvoice.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/mix-it-up-monday-remapping-the-open-throat/

Song choices

Spring 2017 song choices for the acting and musical theatre students in my studio:

  • Take me away, Scott Alan
  • Oh is there not one maiden breast, Pirates of Penzance
  • Mister Snow, Carousel
  • Spark of Creation, Children of  Eden
  • Neverland, Scott Alan
  • Fair House of Joy, Roger Quilter
  • Jason’s Song, Jeffrey Carter
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in the Sara Bareilles rendition
  • Mira, Carnival
  • Winter’s On the Wing, The Secret Garden
  • Love, I Hear, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Accident Prone, Laurence O’Keefe and Kirsten A. Guenther
  • Little Susan Lawrence, Big! 
  • Where did we go wrong, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk
  • Watch me soar, Scott Alan
  • Time in a bottle, Jim Croce
  • John Wellington Wells, Iolanthe

No!