Phillip Boykin grew up one of 10 children in low-income housing in South Carolina. Described as “tone deaf” by those who knew his prepubescent voice, Boykin refused to be deterred from his early longings to sing. That tenacity has served him well and led this classically trained singer to a career in opera, on Broadway, and in film. In spite of odds stacked against him, Boykin’s dreams have always been as big as his impressive physical stature. With a work ethic to match, Boykin is now seeing his dreams realized in big ways.
Soprano Deborah Raymond reflects on her personal sources of inspiration over her international career and how she finds continued inspiration through her teaching at Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Jahn examines what the weight issue really means for singers and offers his advice for keeping a healthy, moderate perspective on the issue.
Conductor Eve Queler has forged a career as a true pioneer on so many levels—orchestra founder, female conductor, obscure-opera producer. Queler celebrated her 100th performance in Carnegie Hall in 2008, and here she shares the stories behind the years of thundering applause for herself, her orchestra, and her carefully selected singers in that great hall.
Ageism is a reality in opera, however many singers are doing the seemingly impossible—finding success as singers later in life. Discover what they did to find that success, including setting realistic goals, managing expectations, and focusing on the possible instead of the impossible.
The second book in the So You Want to Sing series aims to get your voice rockin’ and rollin’.
Assessing your physical, vocal, and mental readiness and then tailoring your warm-up to address weaknesses in those areas will help you be on your best game every time come audition time.