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

Pinterest for Listers

Pinterest is an online pinboard – a place to collect and curate the things you love.  Started as a small operation in 2009, they launched for public consumption in 2010, and have become one of the hottest sites on the web in a very short time.  Previously a consumer-only site, designed for fun, businesses around … Read more

Are you ready for HHDs?

The first time a singer dives into temple work can be very rewarding, with lush music, a rich history and lovely community.  But if you’re unfamiliar with the culture and traditions that are a central part of the High Holy Days, this primer, provided by our own Shelly Fox, will help: High Holy Day Dos … Read more

New ‘Face’ on opera’s edge

I am usually one of the last to rise during a standing ovation.  This is not due to any snobbery, laziness or lack of appreciation, but because I sincerely believe that not every performance deserves one.  “Standing Os” have become so commonplace that they have entered the realm of the ordinary — their meaning has … Read more

Bravos! Listers create news from the field…

This will eventually become a regular feature, but we’re carefully pondering the best format, and experimenting a bit — stay tuned!  For now, send congrats and good vibes to these, our Lister peeps: We’ve said our fond adieus to Kathleen Roland (right), her husband, Merrill Silverstein, and their daughter, Emma, as they find their way to … Read more

ACA Preview: Will health reform be enough for singers?

Joanna Cazden‘s fans are intensely loyal and enthusiastic, and with good reason:  this wonder of a voice therapist has saved countless voices across the Southland, and where her reach has already been extensive beyond the local area, it’s about to get significantly bigger, as Hal Leonard’s Performing Arts Publishing Group has taken over publication of … Read more

LA’s best voices show their brassy stuff

Hollywood is home to a vocal project that is drawing drawing bona fide excitement from fans and performers alike:  Singers Elite‘s Vocal Big Band” has deconstructed the classic sound of a 40s-style jazz engine, replacing the horns and strings with… singers!  The sound is surprising, even magnetic, and is creating a buzz across the industry. … Read more

Celestial Opera uses creative partnering to raise funds, build PR

We love to see innovation in fundraising, especially for performing organizations.  Kudos to the ever-inventive Celestial Opera for hosting a Bookfair event at the Barnes & Noble in Glendale this weekend.  The Bookfair takes place Saturday, May 16, letting the public know about their performances and their organization, and to raise money for the next … Read more

Zimerman begs the question: Where is the place for performer activism?

It only happened Sunday night, but the press is already in a tizzy.  Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman took a quiet stand before his Disney Hall performance, announcing that his debut in that space may also be his last performance there:  he is boycotting US performances due to his frustration with our country’s military actions overseas.  … Read more

A Chorister’s Guide to Keeping Conductors in Line

The basic training of every singer should, of course, include myriad types of practical and theoretical emphases. One important area which is often neglected, however, is the art of one-upsmanship. The following rules, extracted from one of the foremost sources of vocal wisdom on the Internet (see below), will guide you as you develop the … Read more

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