Classical Singer

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Still Eager to Learn: Lawrence Brownlee
by David Browning

Lawrence Brownlee began taking the opera world by storm when he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2001. In the 16 years since then, the tenor has sung in all of the major opera houses around the world. Still at the height of his career, Brownlee is branching out, recently taking a position as artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia, a company the singer has shared a long relationship with. Brownlee discusses his new position and how he hopes to bring opera to a wider, more diverse audience and how he sees his career progressing in the coming years. He also shares his thoughts on always living like a student, even after those university years.

Special Features

Technology and Today’s Classical Singer
by Megan Gloss

Technology has made the world very small. Have a closer look at how Skype propelled one aspiring vocalist’s education forward.

Getting Real – The Correlating Career
by Angela Jajko and Dana Lynne Varga

Consider why creating your own path as a singer should include a dual career.

‘Breaking Through’ at the Peabody Institute
by Jason Vest

As music continues to change and evolve, shouldn’t music education also follow suit? Here the dean and voice chair at Peabody Institute share their ideas on taking music education in a modernized direction.

Music as Medicine – Glenn Fernandez
by Michelle Latour

Glenn Fernandez knew at the age of four that he wanted to be a doctor and that he loved to sing. Even though over the years many have pressured him to choose between his two passions, Fernandez has found a way to pursue them both, beginning with his untraditional path through multiple degrees in music and medicine.

Going for Brokerage – Singers Talk about the Realty Business
by Rachel Antman

Finding regular work even as a seasoned singer is a rarity. Explore the ups and downs of a field that tends to ebb and flow with singers who have looked to real estate as an economic option.

New Training Program for Undergraduates
by Steven Brown

Most every singer is familiar with Houston Grand Opera’s top tier Young Artist Program. But what you might not know about is the company’s one-week Young Artists Vocal Academy, established in 2011 specifically for undergraduates. Read about the experiences of last May’s participants and all that this program has to offer.

Thriving Not Just Surviving in Music Theory
by Peter Thoresen

Three music theory gurus lend perspective and ideas to the hows and whys of studying music theory.

Artist Managers Advise: – Navigating Vocal Studies in the U.S.
by Carol Anderson

Ever wonder what established artist managers think of university-level education? Read their opinions and advice here to help with this crucial decision.

Celebrating Classical Music and Cuisine
by Julie Lyn Barber

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza shares his passion for food with the creation of a food app designed to help diners branch outside of their comfort zone.

Top 10 Personality Traits a Singer Needs to Get Rehired
by Michelle Latour

Landing a job is definitely worth celebrating. But if you want to develop a singing career, the real trick is getting rehired. Find out what you can do to ensure that happens.

CS Music Vocal Competition Winners Announced
by Alex Stoddard

More than $2.1 million in scholarships and $16,000 in cash prizes were awarded at the CS Music Convention, Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.


Where I Last Got Paid to Sing – Fearless Soprano: Kirsten C. Kunkle
by Michelle Latour

Read about a soprano who, by starting her own opera company, made connections that opened doors for other job opportunities—including her last paid gig.

The Doctor Is In: – Ask Dr. Jahn
by Anthony Jahn, M.D.

Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about the connection between sensation in the nasal area and lack of vibrato and the pros and cons of a recommended dental implant. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at

The Singer’s Library – Exploring the Estill Voice Model
by Brian Manternach

A new book serves not only as an exploration into the scientific principles of the Estill Voice Model, but also as a loving memory to the work of a great pedagogue and friend, Jo Estill.

In Every Issue

From the Editor – Finding Stability and Fulfillment through a Correlating Career
by Sara Thomas

The Music Major Minute – Bach to School: Art Songs You Can Handle
by Christi Amonson

Looking to freshen up your art song repertoire this fall? These suggestions will help you get a jump-start on upcoming recitals, concerts, and juries.

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