The College Audition Blog

Today’s young artist is versatile, and The college Audition Blog has you covered, with advice you can use about opera, musical theatre, acting, music ed, and more. You’ll find lists of overdone musical theatre songs, what to expect from a career in opera, advice on financing college, and a whole lot more. Written by Matthew Edwards, an Maintained by Matthew Edwards, an Associate Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre Styles Specialist at Shenandoah Conservatory and his wife, soprano Jacqlyn Zito-Edwards , this well-written blog is a treasure trove of resources not only for young singers, but for educators.

Visit the College Audition Blog here.

Marcie Stapp and Teddys Music Press

Marcie Stapp is one of the opera industry’s treasures. Renowned coach, translator, editor of the famed Nico Castel opera translation volumes, and faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she is also the author of The Singer’s Guide to Languages, an illustrated diction volume written especially for singers. More recently, she has published Airplane, a fun and stimulating game designed to introduce and teach IPA. She also has a library of original opera translations, including Carmen, Hansel & Gretel, Così fan tutte, and many more.

A word of warning: Ms. Stapp is old school. She does have a website, but does not accept electronic inquiries or orders. Visit Teddys Music Press here, and call (415) 681–7625 for info or orders.

The Enterprising Musician's Guide to Performer Contracts

Singer, attorney, and music professor David Williams works with singers to help them understand, negotiate, and troubleshoot contracts. His new book designed to offer plain-language interpretations of contractual legalese is a must-have for any working artist's bookshelf. Buy it here

Singer's Practice Plan, Log, and Journal: A Planner for Singing Students

Practice journals are wonderful organization tools for professional singers and students alike. Voice teacher Nancy Bos has created an attractive and well-organized planner, complete with monthly and weekly calendars,  repertoire logs, weekly practice logs and journals, and even some blank music paper for scribbling down that cadenza you keep trying to remember. Get yours here