Yoga for Singers 1: Confessions of a Singing Yogini
Confessions of a Singing Yogini
One frigid January evening when I was not even 20, I stumbled into a hot yoga studio and took my first yoga class.
I hadn’t the slightest clue about body alignment in postures, no grasp of Sanskrit and its place in in the yoga class, and definitely no concept of just how much water I would have to drink afterward to rehydrate.
Here’s what I did know for sure: I was hooked. Something about the dance-like nature of the yoga postures, the focus and stamina that cam…
Yoga for Singers Starts Tomorrow!
Yoga is becoming more and more popular and singers are no exception. We must be aligned in our bodies and in tune with what our bodies are telling us to really create incredible music and yoga is a fantastic tool to help us do just that.
Mezzo and Yogini Krista Costin has written several articles about her journey as a singer who discovered yoga and received some incredible gifts along the way.
So join us tomorrow through Saturday for Yoga for Singers, right here on Open Intervals!
3 Tidbits about Virgil Thomson and his song cycle "Praises and Prayers" - Hear it June 22nd in Minneapolis!
Virgil Thomson was a pillar of 20th Century American music and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Although he looks a bit grumpy in this photo, rest assured he was a productive, creative individual, producing 8 books in addition to his numerous compositions. He also earned 20 honorary doctorates. 20!
All that before the computer and "the internets."
1. Thomson was a paid organist at the age of 12 and attended Harvard on scholarship. (Link)
Having a regular gig from the age of 12 is pretty spect…
Call me back. I want to give you money!
We need to talk.
You and your phone...you're together 24 hours a day. You've got Facebook and Twitter and Google+ and Instagram and apparently you have email and hey, look--that thing even makes phone calls!
Yes, that computer in your pocket--you can use it to actually talk with another person!
What I mean when I leave you a voicemail that sounds like, "I need a pianist/conductor/recording engineer/graphic designer/web developer/photographer for this project I'm working on, so please call me …
The Best Pencil for Musicians: Paper Mate Clear Point Elite
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Confession: I'm an office supply geek.
Having the right writing utensil is a goal for me (and I know a lot of other people who are like this, too). Having just the right pen or pencil is part of every-day writing, not just for letters or for signing contracts, but for making notes, writing down blogging ideas, marking scores, everything. And now I've fou…
You Don't Always Get Your Ideal Fee.
Some organizations just don't have a large budget, yet they offer great concerts, wonderful experiences, and provide wonderful resume-builders for singers. And we should, for all reasons, sing them and bring music to people. That is, after all, the whole point. So let's look at a few ways that organizations offer and singers accept gigs that are perhaps lower on the pay scale but high on education, respect, and worthiness.
a/k/a How to ask a singer to sing your concert when you't have much money…
Myth: "Exposure" is Legitimate Payment for Singing. BUSTED!
It’s time to mythbust [insert dramatic music here] “Singing for Exposure!”
(N.B. this is not singing for free according to the Singing Donation Budget or when you take a lower-paying or free gig because it makes you happy and proud even when it doesn’t fill your pocketbook; this is concert presenters who ask you to sing for a lot of hours for dirt cheap.)
More and more frequently people offer ‘exposure’ as a benefit for professional musicians to sing a gig that’s poorly paid (or not paid at all)…
"Exposure" isn't Payment for Singing. MONEY is.
I once received an email asking if I would sing a series of concerts for what was a very low sum of money. As is typical in negotiations, I countered with an offer that was higher and noted that if my request exceeded their budgeting, I would gladly put them in touch with other singers. Pretty standard.
The presenter said there were no more funds, but s/he could offer exposure, which is when I ended the exchange with a friendly “My fee for this would be $X and I’d be happy to work with you later…
What is Scansion?
Scansion (pronounced scan-shun) is matching the meter of the words with the meter of the music, so that we have the right ACCent on the right SYLLable, and not an acCENT on a syllABle. (See what I did there?) The accent of the music and the accent of the text must match.
Written for Perfect Scansion: Maybe So
There’s a pretty cool scansion story behind the brilliance that is “Maybe So.” It began as an exercise in scansion and ended up heart-wrenchingly beautiful, an devotion to unrequited love…
Sing the Body Electric - Adjudicating Solo & Ensemble
Tuesday evening I adjudicated a Solo & Ensemble contest and was struck by the goals of each of the young singers. While it's impossible to know all their personal goals without having spoken with them, a few things were obvious: some stood up and sang a song because they love to sing, some because it's what they do in their free time, some want to sing something with their friends, some to learn something, some because they wanted specifically to give the gift of music. Some to do all these thi…