Passionate About Singing Blog

15
Aug

New Season! New Outlook!

Robert and Jane Mirshak

 Late August and early September signifies a new music season.  Whether you are going back to school, starting a young artist program, preparing for auditions or revving up for your next gig, this is a great time to come to the table with a renewed and positive outlook on your

07
Aug

The Wonder of Technology, Nature, and Music

Alex Stoddard

I’m sitting on a train traveling from Oslo to Bergen, Norway. And I’m able to communicate with anyone in the world. Amazing. More amazing, however, is the scenery out the window. Miles and miles and miles of gorgeous canyon-steeped valleys filled with thin pine trees as far as the eye

05
Aug

Do The Work

Alex Stoddard

Do the work. That was one of the pieces of wisdom that venerated tenor and voice teacher George Shirley gave to me as we sat in an empty cafeteria in the refurbished Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden this past week, part of the International Congress of Voice Teacher’s

11
Jul

Career Paths in Classical Singing

Robert and Jane Mirshak

How exciting it is to consider the many and varied possibilities when creating and/or choosing your career path.  Sometimes it may even choose you! One thing is for certain, there is no one clear path by any means, to a successful singing career.  Certainly, there is the more traditional path involving

29
Jun

Audition Tune-up: Avoiding Overdone Musical Theatre Songs

Nadine Gomes

I had the immense privilege of judging the majority of the Musical Theatre rounds in this year’s CS Vocal Competition in Chicago. I heard so many impressive voices in both the high school and pre-professional divisions, but a large number of these accomplished singers chose musical theatre repertoire that was

22
Jun

Let’s all Shine!- No Fear! You Got This!

Robert and Jane Mirshak

The definition of fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat”. According to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., currently a professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, “In many situations, it is rational

16
Jun

Passions, Dreams, and Ambitions-Making Sense out of Sensibilities

Mark Stoddard

Passion this. Passion that. The Hollywood actor gathers the Oscar and declares one of the worst things that could be said to star-struck would-be performers. “Follow your Passion. Live your dream. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dream!!!” Passion has its place; an important place for

02
Jun

To be Musical or to be Boring-That is the Question (Part 2)

Robert and Jane Mirshak

Be bold. Take chances. Be creative and “Whatever you do, don’t be boring.”  Whether you agree or disagree with our take on musicality being linked directly to whether or not a performance is boring, we say again, ‘Whatever you do, don’t be boring.” In this modern age of rapid advances

03
May

Change = Growth

Carol Kirkpatrick

How to reset the context of your current thinking by asking,”What’s in it for me?”   The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. ~Author Unknown   How many of you already have been accepted into a summer

29
Mar

To Be Musical or to be Boring-THAT is the Question (Part 1)

Robert and Jane Mirshak

One of our favorite phrases of choice when communicating to our artists before a performance or audition is “Whatever you do, don’t be boring.”  While that is meant as a way to loosen up our artists and is usually delivered and taken ‘tongue in cheek’ it is also very true.