LAMC’s season announcement is our canary in the mine

One of several mid- to large presenting orgs in SoCal’s vocal universe, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s announcement this week is a welcome sign that plans are moving forward. With a robust season (if a delayed restart of gigs with the LA Phil) and some exciting new projects, this is a season to watch, and … Read more

(Re-)discovering Frederic Rzewski

Sometimes a missed opportunity becomes a new challenge on its own. With the recent and sudden death of composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, those of us in SoCal have proximal reason to mourn, as the titan was scheduled to be part of Piano Spheres’ upcoming season, and it would have been my first chance to … Read more

Ready to dive back in?

In honor of all the re-opening excitement and the summer rebirth opportunity that faces us all, we’re again offering our “Using This Time” intro webinar on three separate dates in July. This is just the kick in the butt that some of you will need, particularly if you’re feeling a little lost and unfocused when … Read more

Podcasts, podcasts, everywhere

As technology continues to become more manageable and brings marketing options to millions of people, everyone has a voice of their own. After years of pondering, we’ve launched our own Singerpreneur Podcast, which is an extension of the blog and is now available on all major channels and quite a few more. Look for us … Read more

Schools are opening up!

There’s a flood of listings for teachers right now, as schools of all sorts look ahead to the day when they can fully open their doors. If you have any aspirations to find yourself a job as a music instructor of some sort, it’s time to tune up your resume and send your interview outfit … Read more

The arts are starting to wake up a bit

With changes in California’s state policies and the cautious reopening of a few iconic venues (who’s heading to Hollywood Bowl this summer?), performing arts presenters are finally starting to see the light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. Foundations and service organizations are looking around for attitudes and answers, with multiple surveys (big … Read more

Curiosity is your best asset right now

As we head into what we hope to be the last several months of the arts shutdown, we cross fingers and toes, WEAR OUR MASKS and think of stages and lights and singing together again. But simply waiting can take a toll on creativity, so I offer you a challenge, if you haven’t done it … Read more

LA Choral Lab ready to forge ahead with new ED

When a relatively new nonprofit board creates an Executive Director position, it’s a big day, and a sign they’re ready for some serious growth. That seems to be the case for one of our most exciting choral organizations, and we wait for more news of programs and changes with great anticipation. No doubt there’s more … Read more

Cherished music from the past…and a little reminder to protect it

I have a sad tale that many musicians share: I once lost ten years’ worth of digital recording files due to the unexpected failure of an external hard drive. I had chosen carefully, protected the drive from the usual threats (heat, surge, virus, etc.), and it was only about three years old, which is about … Read more

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