Positivity in Teaching

It is better to point out what is right than to draw attention to what is wrong.Clara Kathleen Rogers Clara Kathleen Rogers (1844-1931) was an English-born American composer, singer, writer, and music educator. Under the name Clara Doria she pursued a career as an opera singer. Her career ended in 1878 when she married lawyer [...]

The Blind Men and the Elephant

I attended the regional mini-conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at Worcester State University yesterday. Among all of the day's events was a lively conversation with my colleague Kayla Jane Gautereaux about the perspectives with which we examine and conceptualize the voice. There are so many vantage points from which we can [...]

Nicolai Gedda on Laying a “Lyric Track” into the Voice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83OUwKTTJu8 Magische Töne indeed! She (Paola Novikova) was meticulous in that the instrument always had to be right. If it was not right, I would be required to start again until the sound was right. And she was just as attentive to language accent and interpretation in my roles. She was a genius for me. [...]

Quote of the Day

I am of the opinion that vocal masters of the past were listening to the play of overtones in the voices which they were training - it is they who developed the term, "registers." And, I know that better and faster results are obtained when a somnambulistic approach is taken in this acoustical type of [...]

Mancini and the Messa di Voce

I shall do everything, nonetheless, for the love of studious youths, to introduce the love of this exercise, and hatred for presumption, into their souls.Giambattista Mancini If you read the oldest texts on singing, (roughly 1500s to 1820s), you will be immediately struck by the lack of detailed discussion on breathing, or the manner in [...]