DC Area Performances
- DC Live Music lists a wide variety of musical events for the area, and a big reference section with categories such as venues, karaokes, bands, musicians, etc.
- Vocal Arts DC sponsors great classical singers in recital.
- Washington Performing Arts Society produces concerts by leading classical artists.
- Cantate Chamber Singers presents unusual programs of choral music, including frequent premieres and unique collaborations.
- Urban Arias is a local professional opera-producing organization that focuses on short, modern works presented in English in smaller spaces.
- Broadwayworld.com’s student section, including listings of educational institutions that offer degrees in musical theatre and related fields.
- Broadway Theatre Project Training program for young musical theatre performers age 16 and up. There have been some administrative changes since 2011, so research carefully.
- The Performing Arts Project Founded in 2011, is a summer program for young musical theatre performers age 16 and up.
- Musicals 101 – John Henrick’s vast resource for everything you ever wanted to know about the American musical.
- StageAgent is a web service dedicated to the performers and producers of musicals, dramas, and operas. Has casting requirements (character descriptions, vocal ranges, etc.) for shows.
- Music Theatre International has information for the many shows that it holds the licenses for. Includes information on some shows not included at StageAgent.
- The Lied and Art Song Texts Page. Terrific resource for translations.
- The Lotte Lehmann Foundation – “The dual missions of the Lehmann Foundation are to preserve and perpetuate Lotte Lehmann’s legacy, and to honor her dream of bringing art song into the lives of as many people as possible.” The Foundation sponsors a biennial art song performance competition called CyberSing.
- Patricia Caicedo has published several volumes of Latin American art songs, including two devoted to the work of Colombian composer Jaime León. Highly recommended.
- Operabase contains databases of performances, opera companies, and artists, cross-referenced so that you can find out who is singing what, where, and when.
- Opera Arias Database is a great resource for finding appropriate roles and arias for performance and auditions, searchable by many parameters.
- The Aria Database is similar to Opera Arias Database, although a little smaller.
- OperaPulse – “OperaPulse is leading a movement, online and offline, to help build up your opera community and propel this magnificent art form well into the 21st Century.”
- Ópera Actual – “la revista de ópera de España con toda la ópera del mundo”. (“the opera magazine from Spain with all of the opera of the world”). A very well done magazine in print and web formats.
- NATS published an article about helpful blogs called 50 Best Blogs for Opera Students. Vocalability.com was mentioned in the article.
- Justin Petersen, voice teacher and scholar. Blog full of great finds from his research.
- Jeannette LoVetri’s blog – The founder of Somatic Voicework™ writes with a concise and persuasive style about singing and pedagogy.
- Kashu-do (歌手道): The Way of the Singer is a blog by Jean-Ronald LaFond.
- Lloyd Hanson, known by many for his valuable contributions to the Vocalist listserv.
- Claudia Friedlander is a voice teacher in New York City.
- National Association of Teachers of Singing or “NATS” The Journal of Singing contains articles and reviews representing varied interests and points of view. NATS occasionally sponsors educational and networking opportunities.
- David Jones is a voice teacher in New York City. He was one of the first to blog. Many useful articles.
Vocal anatomy and function
- Interactive Anatomy of the Larynx – Terrific way to see all the structures of the larynx, from several angles using videos, photos, drawings, and X-rays.
- National Center for Voice and Speech – The “Science for Singers” section contains short, readable articles by Ingo Titze relating to vocal function in singing.
- Simple drawings of different parts and layers of the vocal tract from Emory University.
- A video tour of the larynx and environs from Robert Bastian, MD.
- Sheetmusicplus is a mail order house that has a large selection in all genres.
- Classical Vocal Reprints is a great source for hard-to-find classical repertoire. Great customer service.
- Auditioning For College Matt Edwards has compiled a terrific bank of information about applications and auditions for degree programs in the performing arts.
- Rehearsal spaces in New York City
- Practicesightreading.com for rhythm and other elements of music theory.
- International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols that you can select and insert into documents.
- Songstube.com is an organized, categorized site for locating Youtube videos and lyrics by popular vocalists.
- Technology for the Classical Singer blog
- The Diction Police. I especially like their article on “How to Learn Music/Language Learning Tips”.
Books on Singing
- The Old Italian School of Singing: A Theoretical and Practical Guide, Daniela Bloem-Hubatka. McFarland and Company. A well-researched and practical book that documents the actual materials and procedures for technical development in the 19th century. This book cleared up the controversy around the “coup de glotte” for me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- The Human Nature of the Singing Voice by Peter T. Harrison. An astonishingly deep examination of what a functionally-oriented pedagogy for singing entails. His writing style is clear and friendly, and is a much needed addition to the vocal pedagogy canon. He has a clear mission of staying with “How do we actually get there as singers and teachers?”, as opposed to yet another book about science or theory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- Hints on Singing, Manuel Garcia, Jr. Available as a free download from the Petrucci Music Library. Garcia lived from 1805-1906 and was probably the most influential teacher of the 19th century, having left two well-written, detailed books about singing which provide much information about the very different emphases in technical training compared to the current norm.
- Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits (1996), Oren L. Brown. Singular Publishing Group, Inc. Comes with a CD of exercises. Interesting and useful book about healthy singing.
- Singing Redefined: A conceptual approach to singing (1998), Walter C. Foster. Recital Publications. “A conceptual approach to singing, including a study of the emotional process and the imaginative capacity, linguistic and musical awareness, singing concepts based on the responsive nature of the instrument, and exercises designed to promote a technically correct, artistically expressive singing tone.” The exercises in the back are well worth the investment.
- Singing and Imagination: A Human Approach to a Great Musical Tradition (1998), Thomas Hemsley. Oxford University Press. Self-explanatory title.
- The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing (2007), W. Stephen Smith. Oxford University Press. Includes a CD of exercises sung by many different singers. A fresh approach to acquisition of a balanced vocal technique.
By and about Cornelius Reid:
- A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology (1983) , Cornelius L. Reid. Recital Publications
- Essays on the Nature of Singing (1992), Cornelius L. Reid. Recital Publications If you only read one of his books, this is the one. It is his most recent, which reflects his pedagogy after 50 years of teaching and research. As radical and refreshing today as Bel Canto was in 1950, but much easier reading due to better editing.
- Bel Canto: Principles and Practices (1950), Cornelius L. Reid.
- The Free Voice: A Guide to Natural Singing (1965), Cornelius L. Reid.
- Voice: Psyche and Soma. (1975), Cornelius L. Reid.
- The Modern Singing Master: Essays in Honor of Cornelius L. Reid (2002), ed. Ariel Bybee and James E. Ford, pub. Scarecrow Press Fascinating reading, primarily by students and others associated with Mr. Reid. A wide variety of points of view, all in support of Reid’s functional approach to vocal training.
Helpful Books for All
- Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown. A short and entertaining read about factors that contribute to success. It takes the mystery out of the apparent superiority of high-achieving people in sports, business, and the arts.
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael A. Singer. New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books. “The Untethered Soul is indeed one of the finest treatments of the nature and practice of the conscious use of consciousness that I have ever read…. It is the clearest statement I know of who we are and what we face in our emerging humanity.” – Jean Houston
- Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie. Harmony. “Remember the phrase “question authority”? Loving What Is is a workbook on questioning authority–but in this case, what is in question is the authority of our own fundamental beliefs…” – Jill Lightner