Excluded, Penalized, Indebted, and Harassed: A Study of Systemic Discrimination Against Women in Opera

By Zach Finkelstein, Dana Lynne Varga, and Hillary LaBonte Women face extraordinary odds of success in the opera world, from the conservatory to young artist apprenticeships to the mainstage to leadership roles in administration. Middleclass Artist and the Empowered Musician, in an exhaustive analysis of the opera industry from top to bottom, through dozens of …

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EMBRACING AND TAKING PRIDE IN YOUR CORRELATING CAREER

“If you can see yourself doing anything else, do that.” Sound familiar? All musicians have heard these words, and many have stopped pursuing a music career because of them. I would like to invite you to consider an amendment to this old chestnut: “If you can see yourself doing anything else, do that too.” A …

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An Impossible Choice: Music majors, COVID-19 and an uncertain future

By Dana Lynne Varga and Zach Finkelstein This Fall, music performance majors enrolled or considering U.S. colleges face an impossible choice. First, they need to determine if remote learning is effective for them. Then, they must weigh whether the in-person components of their education are safe enough and if they are comfortable with the risk. …

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WHY CLASSICAL SINGERS ARE LEAVING OPERA FOR MUSICAL THEATRE

Five working singer/actors share how and why they made the big switch from opera to MT.  Contributing Artists: HEATHER HILL’s career covers a broad spectrum of appearances in opera, concerts, Broadway, television and film. She recently finished a four year run performing as Carlotta and the InnKeeper’s Wife in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera.  …

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THIS IS ENOUGH: ACCEPTING AND APPRECIATING YOUR CAREER AT EVERY STAGE

This is enough. Accepting and appreciating your career at every stage I am all about that hustle. We are in an industry that requires you to be constantly striving, creating and reaching for the next goal. An industry that necessitates self-marketing, up-to-date websites and recordings, as well as careful attention to the instrument and technique …

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FILTERING FEEDBACK: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE MANY OPINIONS YOU FACE

Swimming in opinions: filtering through the noise We’ve all been there… The conflicting information and comments. The confusing or unsolicited advice. Let’s take a brief look two common scenarios, and ways you can filter through all the opinions to find your own unique and truthful voice. Scenario: You and your teacher agree on a piece, …

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