FOR YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS!
Practical solutions for the challenges of getting ahead in our industry:
- Finding the auditions you want
- Deciding which concert repertoire to prepare for auditions
- Reliable vocal health advice
- Valuable intel for conquering the obstacles facing young singers today
- Plus subscriber feedback!
SOPRANO DAWNA RAE WARREN
A recent graduate of University of Colorado (Boulder) Artists Diploma program (2023), Dawna also has a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace College and a Masters in Music from University of Kentucky.
One frustration felt by many young singers is perfectly expressed by Dawna: I’m pretty freshly out of school, and most of my performance opportunities have come out of recommendations and positive experience from working with me before. It seems I am viewed as a “no-brainer, hire her again!” — but not always a “who is she? Lets give her a chance!”
This is only a matter of perseverance — assuming you have a great voice teacher and are having regular lessons. Hang in there and keep singing for everyone who will hear you. That low-humming buzz you hear means that someone is deciding to take a chance on you!
Your Vocal Health Comes First!
Fall allergies, anyone? Scratchy throat, excess mucus, sapping your strength? This could help!
Watching Your Wallet
First, ask the good people who have engaged you if they might suggest a good local accompanist. Of course any musicians you know who live within a reasonable distance should be asked as well. The largest church(es) in town will likely employ the finest organists. You might ask if he/she accompanies singers’ recitals.
When your recital program requires travelling, another choice for hiring an accompanist is locating one through PianoAccompanist.com. Search by name of town or zip code.
You’re okay to ask for a reference, before spending your money. If you do select an accompanist this way, you will want to communicate with him/her early on, preferably weeks before the performance. Ask well in advance to meet over the internet, so you can listen to him/her play the accompaniments for your program. This should tell you whether you have the right person, or whether you should find a different accompanist.
Faced with the latter situation, you certainly do not want to be scrambling at the last minute. For the sake of your performance, plan ahead. Consider arriving a day prior to the performance, so you have ample time to rehearse. Remember, a recital accompanist is your duo partner. The quality of your performance depends upon creating a great ensemble!
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