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Artist Managers Advise:
Navigating Vocal Studies in the U.S.

by Carol Anderson



Alex Herron and Haley Barna in Hofstra Opera Theater's February 2017
production of Britten's The Beggar's Opera.
For a singer seeking the next steps in his or her post-secondary education, narrowing down the options for music study can be overwhelming. According to its website, the National Association of Schools of Music has over 650 accredited member institutions that have met its standards for “degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.” Research into the training of currently successful singers is useful, yet still leaves a daunting number of options.

Three artist managers, Ana De Archuleta (ADA Artist Management), Alex Fletcher (Fletcher Artist Management), and Jeffrey Larson (L2 Artists), graciously share their thoughts on undergraduate and graduate vocal training in this country, based on their experiences as observers, adjudicators, and master clinicians.

In what ways are American educational institutions excelling at preparing singers for a career? What areas seem to be overlooked or inadequately covered in formal education?

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