October 2014

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Alyson Cambridge
Fashioning Her Unique Path

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.

Ask Dr. Jahn

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 jahn@classicalsinger.com.

Professional Caroling: Who Knew? And How To

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.

That’s It

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.