To go with the updated Blogroll, here are some links I’ve been collecting over the past few weeks months, but am just now getting around to sharing. Old news, maybe to some, but good stuff.
From someone who sees a lot of bad audition attire, a spot-on post about what to wear. This is a MUST READ for anyone who will sing an audition this year. I whole-heartedly second everything she has to say, and will add this: color, color, COLOR!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the hall at an audition and felt like I was at a funeral. I know it travels well, but so does purple. And green. This goes for men, too. A blue suit can be amazing with a colored shirt and accent tie vs. a white shirt and lighter blue tie. Be bold!
From the Collaborative Pianist, tips on memorizing music. I like Nos. 8 (“use the Force”), 10 (analyze the piece harmonically), 11 (memorize dynamics), and all the tips for singers, especially 17 (memorize the orchestral interludes); seems like a no-brainer, but once again, it’s those “obvious” things that make the difference.
Also from CP: Houston Symphony trading cards! Who was I talking with about this, saying that singers need these? Doesn’t this have “new Met” written all over it?! Can you imagine what Stephen Costello’s rookie card will go for in a few years? (Editor’s note: Regular readers know that I don’t generally comment on my colleagues, I don’t do “reviews” or critiques, but that was a debut I was thrilled to watch. We haven’t met, but kudos to you, SC.)
James Roe shares a moment of joy from the Mostly Mozart festival. Sweet.