Soprano Alyson Cambridge’s career path has been typical in many respects—she graduated from Oberlin and the Curtis Institute and won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. But her distinct and unique career choices have been less than traditional. Putting aside the advice of many to avoid pigeonholing herself in African-American roles, Cambridge has embraced her heritage and the music she loves with exciting career results. She also continues to pursue crossover work, modeling, acting, and more—again disregarding assumptions about brand dilution and instead choosing to focus on her strengths and passions. So far, following her instincts is paying big dividends.
Whether it’s Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland’s Opus or Meryl Streep in Music of the Heart, we all love a good inspirational music story. But forget the big-screen adaptations. This month we continue a new column featuring real-life stories of singers answering the question “Who inspires you?”
If you’re feeling like your practice sessions need a boost, read on for a host of ideas to get you focused and productive in the practice room.
Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about why acid reflux would flare up after 10 years of no symptoms, what to do for large polyps in both nostrils, and how to treat an ear that chronically plugs during sleep. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowing whether to say “yes” or “no” when asked to sing for free can be difficult. Consider the reasons for each to help you make a sound decision the next time you’re faced with such a dilemma.
If you are looking for a way to make money this Christmas season, look no further. Find out how one singer formed a caroling, costumed quartet and booked ample gigs their very first year out. With a little tenacity and a lot of hard work, you can do it, too.
What do you do after graduation? How do you stay motivated and positive amid lots of rejection? Hard work, for starters—and then learning how to effectively deal with adversity and challenges. Find out how this can make all the difference.
Audition season is upon us, which means much discussing of YAP fees. This month hear from singers on the subject. And tune in next month to hear from YAP directors.
What does a director who has been hiring singers for over 50 years look for and think about in an audition? Michigan Opera Theatre’s David DiChiera tells all here.
A singer struggles to know how to pay back student loans while also pursuing low- to no-paying opportunities like YAPs and competitions. Do you have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at email@example.com.