Passionate About Singing Blog

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. 

27
Mar

Singing in Shanghai – Day 3, The Finals

Mark Stoddard

Ah, the last day. The Finals. It was a long day, but it was memorable and quite spectacular. Listening to high-caliber singers performing great music can’t be all that bad. No, not at all. I had found what I thought was a quiet place to write down a few thoughts

22
Mar

Singing in Shanghai – Day 2

Mark Stoddard

Growing up on a farm isn’t the best path to the stage, at least at first glance. Especially on a small farm in the area around ChongChing, China. But then, the same can be said for being raised in Waterloo, Iowa. In fact, music has no boundaries and that fact

20
Mar

Singing in Shanghai – Day 1

Mark Stoddard

“Because it makes my heart so strong, and I feel new life again.” Those were the words of Zhou Ke Han when I asked her why she sings classical music and the opera selection she chose to sing at the 3rd Annual CS International Vocal Competition – China. Yes, we

17
Mar

The Dilemma For Cross Over Singers – Part 2

Randy Buescher

A continuation of a typical story from the studio of someone who works with nonclassical singers. The First Step Well, what does one do? The first step in this process is to get the singer to connect out of pure chest voice. Often the singer has been made to feel

10
Mar

The Dilemma For Cross Over Singers – Part 1

Randy Buescher

A sad, but typical story from the studio of someone who works with nonclassical singers—part one of two. A woman, somewhere between the ages of 25 to 30, comes into my studio for her first lesson. After a few minutes of interviewing to discover her history, goals, what she perceives