BALANCING A SINGING CAREER WITH A FULL-TIME JOB

Most professional singers have some sort of correlating career. Secondary income sources are almost always necessary due to high costs of living, student loan debt and the competitive state of the classical singing world. Even a singer who works fairly regularly will typically still need to supplement their singing income. A singer may also be …

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SUPERWOMEN: BOSTON-BASED FEMALE ARTISTS ON BALANCING PREGNANCY AND PARENTING WITH BUSY CAREERS

Women in the arts often feel they have to choose between having a family and having a career. These talented and brave Boston-based artists are balancing both, and have a lot to say on the subject! They shared with me the struggles and triumphs of navigating pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting and more while staying relevant and …

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OPPORTUNITY VERSUS DEBT: GENDER DISPARITY IN OPERA PART 2

“Supply and Demand: Gender Disparity in Opera Part 1” explored the issue of poor gender parity that exists in professional opera today, and some possible solutions. In this second part of the article, we will specifically discuss the issue of gender parity in college/conservatory vocal programs as well as pay-to-sing summer training programs. Keeping in mind …

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND: GENDER DISPARITY IN OPERA, PART 1

According to data collected by Datausa.io, 8,133 Music Performance Degrees were awarded in the United States in 2015.  If we take a snapshot of the vocal performance degrees being awarded in the USA today, it becomes clear that the number of female singers far exceeds the number of male singers in colleges and conservatories.  According …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAH WHITNEY: VIOLINIST, ENTREPRENEUR AND EDUCATOR

I’m so thrilled to bring you this interview with Sarah Whitney.  Sarah has crafted an extremely successful career as a violinist, educator and entrepreneur by challenging “the rules”, creating her own path and following her heart.  Check out her extensive bio at the bottom of this piece! Please enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to …

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THE UNPREPARED SINGER

You look great! But can you sing? Young singers are constantly bombarded with conflicting information about appropriate repertoire, audition attire, singer websites, resumes, bios and headshots. So utterly consumed with these seemingly pressing issues, singers often ignore far more important issues, effectively ending their careers before they begin. I’m talking specifically about vocal technique and …

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GETTING REAL: THE CORRELATING CAREER

Boston Singer’s Resource, featured article, February 2016. Written in collaboration with Angela Jajko Why creating your own path as a singer should include a dual career. The landscape of the classical vocal field has changed drastically over the last several decades. Gone are the days when opera was a cultural staple, when singers could expect …

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