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.
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 my voice teacher in New York City. He was one of the first to blog. Many useful articles.
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.
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.
Essays on the Nature of Singing (1992), Cornelius L. Reid. Recital Publications. An easier read than some of his earlier books, and a good introduction to Reid’s ideas of “functional training”. As radical and refreshing today as Bel Canto was in 1950.
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