Author Archives: bradleyjenks

The YAP-less Path

I have found myself in conversation more times than I can count with young singers who are at their wit’s end over the issue of YAPs (Young Artist Programs). Auditioning for them, the expense for fees and travel, the rejection … Continue reading

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Art & French Fries

Why can’t people just like things anymore? Why is there always some elaborate justification?  I won’t go into what I think are the implications of this in the field of Vocal Pedagogy, as I have done that elsewhere (Link). I … Continue reading

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Crossover: The mostly one-way street

Following on the heels of my last post, regarding the nature of “classical training” and defending it as merely the development of skill with one’s instrument, I feel compelled to share some examples of wonderful things that I have seen … Continue reading

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When “Classical” Means Skill

At various times in my teaching career I have had a reputation as someone who 1) can “teach you to belt” 2)thinks that “classical technique” is the best technique This is admittedly bizarre, firstly because the two seem opposed to one … Continue reading

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Oh, Blow It Out Your Sing-Hole….

Cornell MacNeil: “Let us take a word commonly used by singers – support. What does it mean? To some people it means absolute rigidity, which will destroy them!” Jerome Hines: “Support is usually equated with you Italian word appoggio.” C. … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Style – Basses Need Not Apply….

Following on the train of thought from my last posting (The Cricothyroid Rosary), I have been reflecting on the issue of style-appropriate sound. This is a common theme in pedagogical circles these days, and even in the voice sciences where … Continue reading

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The Cricothyroid Rosary

Dear Maestro Garcia, who art otherwise Italianate, forgive me la voce this day. Grant to me ease of Can Belto as it is in Bel Canto. Deliver me from nodules and help me to nail this audition. In the name … Continue reading

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