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Music Major Minute
Summer Opera Festivals: A Student's Secret Weapon

by Christi Amonson



Festival de Opera de San Luis Artistic Director Linus Lerner teaching a masterclass.
Fact: There are more vocal performance majors graduating than ever before.
Problem: There are fewer available opera contracts worldwide than a generation ago.
Solution: Singers need stage time to be competitive for opera contracts.

Why do so many singers choose to major in music when there is no job security in the performance field? The typical music major in 2016 is a member of an empowered generation—encouraged to follow their dreams and told they can do anything. Your professors work with you because you are talented and special. I am one of those professors and I love my students even more than your teachers or coaches love you!

There can be an ethical dilemma in guiding young singers to find their own path to success. The opportunity to make a living performing opera is dwindling, but the music industry is growing. Education administrations are adding music back into curriculums for both full-time music teachers and gues...
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