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Parent's Perspective
Preparing Your Classical Singer Children

by Cathy Markey


You have a talented son or daughter in your household who loves to sing? Wonderful! Perhaps they are involved in their school’s choir or musical theatre. You realize their interest has grown into a serious commitment as the music becomes increasingly more challenging in high school. Searching for a private voice teacher, finding performing opportunities, researching college programs, and playing chauffeur and cheerleader begin to consume everyday activity. Multiply that times three, and you have my life.

As a parent of three classically trained singers, I have a bit of advice.

Perhaps you might say my children’s involvement in music was inevitable. We live in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and our public elementary school music teacher was also the director of the wonderful Pennsylvania Youth Chorale (PYC). Through PYC, my children were fortunate to be involved in performing and touring at an early age, and this early exposure to classical music shaped their future endeavors. We were ...

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