5 things you can do to keep your singer-actor edge this summer

It’s summertime, and the living is easy! Actually, summertime can be a challenging time for serious singing actors. During summer, all the normal routines seem to fly out the window. If you’re a student, that means classes and lessons are probably on hold. “No more pencils, no more books” – well, that may be what […]

Bravo, Audra!

I originally wrote this a little over a year ago and posted it on my personal site, but it seems particularly relevant given Audra’s recent Tony Award triumph. In the spring of 2013, Audra MacDonald sang at Lincoln Center’s spring gala, and Stephen Holden from the New York Times was on hand to review her […]

No One Is Alone

The work of the singing actor is a lonely business. Sure, it might not seem that way at first. Singing actors are often in shows, either rehearsing or performing, and we feel ourselves come to life in the company of our fellow artists. And they’re often in classes, either attending college or high school or […]

Say the words!

That’s it, folks – the single most powerful piece of advice I can give a singer attempting to interpret a song in performance. Say the words! Time and again, my students have told me that when they’re feeling stumped by a song, lost in a fog of moods and sounds and prior interpretations that present […]

Why does it matter if we do good work?

Singing today from the hymnal of Seth Godin: As Jony Ive said, “When you realize how well you can make something, falling short, whether seen or not, feels like failure.” Practice is not the answer here. Practice, the 10,000 hours thing, practice alone doesn’t produce work that matters. No, that only comes from caring. From […]