Passionate About Singing Blog

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

06
Mar

Stop the Insidious Noise

Carol Kirkpatrick

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person you can become, and have that career you so desperately want, you don’t need to add more things or rehash the same

17
Feb

A Good Website Can Help Your Career

Robert and Jane Mirshak

In this age of ever expanding technology and the ability to have information at the snap of a finger, it is virtually imperative to have a well-designed website. A comprehensive and well-designed website often plays a starring role in successful careers. Companies continually reach out to us after viewing our

02
Feb

Key Marketing Principles for Singers

Mark Stoddard

Marketing is not magic. It’s motion. And it’s not voodoo or something singers or any other type of performers need to shy away from. Embrace it. Master it. It allows you to continue doing the thing you do best: perform. These aren’t new concepts or earth shattering ideas. But they

20
Jan

Why We Still Can’t Get Enough of Callas

Tony Villecco

Forty years after her untimely death, we operaphiles are still being mesmerized by the voice of Maria Callas. Why, I pondered, would such a singer endure and evoke such emotion still, after a career fraught with vocal decline and constant attacks from both press and public? And still we remain

17
Jan

HOW and WHEN to Find a Manager

Robert and Jane Mirshak

Beginning the search for a manager is an exciting time, even if a bit daunting.  Not easily found as a subject in performance curriculums at schools and universities, if at all, seeking management is none the less an important topic for everyone looking at making singing a career.  You are