Thursday, April 29, 2010

Good Singer Characteristics

I had a chance recently to meet one of the coordinators for a local opera program based in Madison, Opera for the Young. It's an opera company that condenses entire operas to four singers and then takes it on the road to various elementary schools throughout the Midwest. I can only dream of being involved in a program like that in the future. Anyway, the coordinator spoke on topics of what they expect in a singer they are considering hiring them. A few of the things were obvious, but a few other things she mentioned I haven't really thought of before, and I'd like to share them with you.

- Being a good communicator in all aspects.
- Being a timely responder to emails, phone calls, etc.
- Being ready for the gig you are auditioning for. You don't want to go into an audition for a gig your voice can't handle at the time.
- Being able to represent the company well; a singer might have 'the voice' but if they're not a 'good egg' it's very unlikely they'll be hired.
- For this kind of opera for children, a singer must be able to easily interact with children.
- Being able to speak and represent yourself well in front of people.
- Having a simple, honest resume.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Singing in Other Languages Lecture

Once again in my opera workshop class I had the opportunity to listen to another helpful lecture. This time the professors of the class spoke on the difficulties of singing in different languages. They provided helpful tips as well. Here are a few I find really helpful and interesting:

-You must sound stylistically different in each language you sing. German shouldn't have a French feeling and vice versa.

-Be careful of which native singers you listen to. Some of their singing diction isn't always correct.

-In French if you master the schwa and the umlaut perfectly, you can usually coast through the rest of the language.

-German and other Germanic languages are so different than English because they use pure vowels Americans are not used to. Americans need to master pure vowels to sing successfully in German.

I should be back with more information after next week's lectures!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Glee Contest

So I did in fact make the top 10 for the Glee Local Casting Call contest I auditioned for over spring break. I need the most votes to win and here's the link to the contest page:

Happy voting!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Singing Career Lecture

So this week in my opera workshop class, instead of rehearsing I had the chance to listen to a very important lecture that focused on upholding a singing/opera career. Three of the experienced professors in the class reflected on topics from creating a career in music to music memorization techniques. I found a lot of what they said useful and meaningful. They really made me start to think about what I want to do with my life and with music. Below are a few things that stuck with me from the lecture.

-Your career should be a combination of something you like to do, something you do well and something you can get paid for

-Sometimes it's easier to figure out the things that don't work for you before you can know what's right on your career path

-You'll never know EXACTLY what you'll be doing in ten years

-If there are two career paths in life you can take, follow the one that's easier to get back into second if the first path doesn't work out

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Break Singing Adventure

After taking a break from posting to catch up on homework and practice, I'm finally back with a new story and new experience. Over spring break my mom told me about an opportunity to audition for the Fox television show Glee which focuses on a high school show choir. Apparently a local casting call was taking place at a restaurant and participants got a chance to have their auditions recorded and uploaded free of charge. Singers could also upload their own video to the competition website. During the recorded audition contestants were given time to introduce themselves and then sing a song chosen from the public domain. Then local judges are supposed to pick the top ten from the local auditions and the public is free to vote for any of the top ten singers. The one with the most votes at the end wins and in return gets a 'golden ticket' pass to a real Glee audition with the producers of the show.

This past Thursday I participated in this audition and I believe it went over well. The one thing I struggled with, however, was my spoken introduction. Normally I have what I want to say planned out and occasionally I forget something I want to say and I freeze up. This indeed happened during my audition on Thursday and I struggled with remembering what I wanted to say. Otherwise my singing went really well and I felt I gave a strong audition. However, from this experience, I think the next time I have to include a spoken introduction, I need to simply speak slower and not feel so lost when I forget to say something. I think if I can do those simple things, my next introduction won't be so choppy.

Hopefully the video for my audition will be up soon! I'll definitely be posting the link when it does!