Like professional athletes, most performing musicians are faced with a choice at some point in their careers: What to do next? When life on the road becomes more trouble than it is worth or when the engagements begin to taper, many singers look to transition into teaching. This move is a smooth segue for some. Others, however, find it much more difficult to make effective classroom and studio lessons out of the skills they have been practicing as professionals.
Few can claim more professional practice in our industry than American bass Samuel Ramey. Despite his status as a septuagenarian, he is still regarded as a force in the operatic world with recent engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Opera Omaha. But he has decided to shift his focus a bit and dedicate more time to teaching, thanks in part to a five-year residency at his alma mater, Wichita State University in Kansas.
So, when the Grammy-winning, world’s-most-recorded bass decides he would like to ...
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