Workshops return this summer

UPDATED:  Due to health and other issues, our summer workshops had to be canceled.  (Humph.)  But we’ll be back – keep an eye on the Workshops page on the site! We’ve had our workshops on hiatus for a while, so formats can be tweaked and approaches refined.  But with the ever-evolving arts landscape challenging artists … Read more

Conductor’s arrival in LA is a boon to local singers

Peter Mark is a familiar name in American opera and beyond, building respected opera companies in Virginia and conducting for an array of other entities here and abroad.  He is Artistic Director Emeritus of Virginia Opera, and was key to getting Lyric Opera Virginia, which started in 2011, launched and off the ground.  Now, he … Read more

Why some singers get hired…and others don’t

by guest blogger Peter Mark — Opera conductor, coach, master class teacher; Artistic Director Emeritus, Virginia Opera The biggest question that resonates widely among emerging and well-prepared singers all over the country is — “Why do some singers get hired, instead of others – who often possess better voices and preparation?” This has got to … Read more

New workshop: The Social Studio launches 1/14

This coming Monday is the first of our 2013 Resolution Series, with “The Social Studio”, a seminar long in the works that offers an intro to online marketing for the 21st-century teacher of lessons. Whether you teach music, acting, dance, art or something else, in private or group lessons, using social media to engage your … Read more

Save these dates for 2013

  It’s going to be a big year, with a major milestone, more workshops, great Gatherings, and a new showcase series next summer.   Mark these down now… there are more to come!   Jan 6 — 10th Anniversary Party (register) Jan 14-28 — 2013 Resolution Series (3 workshops) The Social Studio — Teachers Building Tribes … Read more

Re-energizing your own career path

[Editor’s note:  During a recent conversation with amazing soprano Karen Hogle Brown (pictured right), we learned that Karen spent a good chunk of her summer this year attending OperaWorks‘ summer intensive program.  As Karen is fully established and in demand, we asked her to write about the importance of continuing education throughout a career.  Here … Read more

No treat like this retreat

Notes from the Women Singers Retreat — July 11, 2012 Earlier this year, Caroline McKenzie, a longtime Lister and friend (and jaw-dropping soprano to boot) got a bee in her bonnet, and hatched an almost magical plan:  she would put together a day-long “retreat” for female classical singers who had reached or passed the midpoint … Read more

Young singers get a first glimpse

[From guest blogger and Lister, Lisa Wall-Urgero] It’s true, I am absolutely biased. I hold an unfair prejudice for California Lutheran University’s Summer Vocal Institute – affectionately referred to by its faculty and alum as CLUSVI (and pronounced “CLUES-vee”). But as a charter faculty member and principal pianist, I have, you see, earned the right … Read more

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