Buddy up for longer reach

Singerpreneurs don’t sit on the sidelines, waiting for opportunities to come to them.  In the increasing noise of the artistic world, getting your work heard requires proactive thinking, creative problem-solving (we can certainly handle that), and often, teamwork. Working with a friend and forging strong partnerships with colleagues can do much to make everyone’s work … Read more

TED Tuesday: Ben Cameron’s hope for performing arts

Do you know TED?  This is the first in our new series, featuring selected videos from TED.com, where thousands of “TED Talks” cover divergent topics in technology, education, art, design, music and more, and are having a profound impact on thought leaders and artists all over the world. These talks change behavior, change thinking, and … Read more

Selling yourself smart

Daniel Pink could be the best marketing teacher artists have had yet. To Sell is Human came out on New Year’s Eve, so clearly, it’s taken me a while to write this review.  But the extended process has not been because the book is difficult, but because it’s important, particularly for the arts, and particularly … Read more

Happy birthday, MAC!

Moran Arts Consulting celebrates two years of serving the arts Natalie Moran is every inch the singerpreneur:  a USC Thornton alum, the busy soprano has performed with several opera companies in the area, and is one-third of the Los Angeles Muses, with fellow songstresses Monika Beal and Baraka May, appearing at upscale parties, weddings, and special events. … 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

Is there a better way to memorize your texts?

by guest blogger Gabriel Wyner

Most of us Listers are singers, and as such, we have way too many texts to learn. From the endless recitatives of next season’s Mozart opera to the stack of new audition arias we should probably learn, there are few professions that can even approach the memorization needs of a classical singer.

Oddly enough, while a formal vocal education includes classes in music theory, diction, acting and interpretation, we almost never take classes that teach us how to memorize. Instead, we cobble together tips from colleagues and teachers and pray that the music will somehow help us remember — and it frequently does. When we finally stand in front of an audience and the music begins to play, we usually do remember, if only a split second before we open our mouths.

But the memorization process can be made a lot less stressful. There are simple, reliable ways to memorize texts, and this article will show you several.

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Finding your fit: Pondering marketing puzzles with Elemental Harmony

Elemental Harmony is vocal trio currently comprised of three of our Listers:  (L to R) Kris Wildman, Ter Lieberstein, and Jacque Mahoney.  They’ve seen significant success in the local community, and their combined creativity and business acumen show potential for continued growth.  With their upcoming ‘Voices of Women‘ concert on 5/25 and the particular idiosyncrasies of … Read more

Individuals for classical

Starting tonight, Alan Chapman of KUSC fame begins a twofer of music appreciation classes for the LA Phil:  Inside the Music is designed for folks of various levels of musical knowledge to learn a bit about the repertoire performed by the world-class orchestra.  Chapman is an engaging speaker with proven crowd appeal, and the lighter-than-usual … 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

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