Passionate About Singing Blog

12
Jan

What will YOUR story be?

Alex Stoddard

With the CS Music Vocal Competition beginning this week, I thought it’d be an appropriate time to share some of the many success stories we’ve heard from participants. The unique part of this competition is found in the networking. Singers, students, teachers, parents, college faculty, admissions officers, stage directors, casting

10
Jan

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

07
Jan

How to Prepare for Auditions

Robert and Jane Mirshak

You may be thinking, “Not another article on how to prepare for auditions!” We have all most likely read many of them.  What people don’t often tell you however, is what people really want from you in the auditions which leads to being hired.  We hope to give you both. First, you

05
Jan

LET’S ALL SHINE-The Power of Positive Thought

Robert and Jane Mirshak

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THOUGHT What do your thoughts do for you? How are you thinking about yourself? How do you think about your loved ones, friends, colleagues, experiences? How do your thoughts make you feel? What would your life be like, what would your career look like, how successful

02
Jan

Happy New Year – Mindset – Which Rules Your World, Amateur or Professional?

Carol Kirkpatrick

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. Gandhi Let me start this blog by asking you this question. “Do you understand the difference between being an amateur or being a professional?” Amateurs believe

21
Dec

Belong To The Music!

Carol Kirkpatrick

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou Audition season is upon us. Now is the time to put all your resources of time, energy and money plus, conscious focus on

16
Dec

Ugliness in the House of Beauty: Sexual Harassment in the Classical Singing Industry

Cindy Sadler

Stories of sexual harassment have been making the news daily as the #metoo movement continues to topple predators in nearly every industry. But what about classical singing? Does sexual harassment happen in our own industry? Hear from singers who bravely share their own experiences and find out ways others can

20
Nov

An Unexpected Angel’s Voice

Jonathan Blalock

When you think of the perfect holiday album, what comes to mind first? Barbra Streisand? Chanticleer? I’m guessing most people wouldn’t imagine that a bounty hunter/truck driver would make any kind of a Christmas CD (except for perhaps a parody)! Tenor Carl Tanner originally pursued driving 18-wheelers and tracking down

16
Oct

Book More Performances- Part 3

Angela Myles Beeching

Are there perfect pitches when it comes to booking your own concerts? Maybe not, but we can get close! Over the past few weeks we’ve been focusing on how to book more concerts. If you missed any of these, last week we focused on WHERE you might get more bookings, and the week

09
Oct

Book More Performances- Part 2

Angela Myles Beeching

Start Local All careers are built from the ground up: everyone starts small and local. So if you’re launching a new program or a new ensemble, or if you’ve moved to a new city or are new to booking your own concerts, this is for you: Think beyond the “usual suspects” Explore