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May 2017

Cover Story

Coming Full Circle
by Megan Gloss

With over a decade of leading roles on the world’s most impressive operatic stages, award-winning recording albums, and extensive concert work, renowned soprano Nicole Cabell shares her career highlights since her BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition win in 2005, what it has been like settling into an illustrious performance career, and her newfound love of teaching. Read more about her early beginnings as a Lyric Opera Center artist and her whirlwind career that eventually led to a return to the Windy City and finding a place to call home. Hear more from Cabell in person this month at the CS Music Convention in Chicago, May 25–28.

Special Features

The Music Major Minute: - You Do You: To Thine Own Self Be True
by Christi Amonson

Finding your authentic self and unique artistry in a classical music degree program can be a daunting task. This sage advice can help you find your footing more soundly.

Using Technology in the Practice Room
by James Nova

Discover how you can use your laptop to really up your game in the practice room—and then see it all in action at the CS Music Convention in Chicago this month.

Believe in Yourself - (Easier Said than Done)
by Susan Mohini Kane

The author of The 21st-Century Singer: Making the Leap from the University into the World shares three things you can proactively do to keep believing in yourself when the going gets tough.

The Thrill of Letting Go
by Debbie Riggs Wood

Every singer knows that rejection and failure are part of the gig. But how do you keep moving forward when such rebuffs can feel so demoralizing? Discover four strategies you can use to bounce back.

From the Trenches - Tamara Wilson
by Scott Barnes

With major awards and contracts with the likes of Zurich and Berlin Opera Houses, soprano Tamara Wilson’s career is quickly moving into the big time. As the singer prepared for her debut with Florida Grand Opera, she took a moment to discuss what the last year has been like for her.

Looking Back, Looking Forward - An Interview with 2016 Competition Winners
by Margaret Felice

The 2016 CS Music Vocal Competition winners share their experiences and tips with the 2017 competitors—plus what life is like after the competition.

Top 10 Ways to Get Gigs
by Michelle Latour

From staying positive to networking, here are 10 practical things you can do to perform more.

Singing a New Song in China
by Mark Stoddard

Singers from all over China convened in Shanghai in March for the third annual Classical Singer International Vocal Competition. Read about their experiences here and watch for the winners in Chicago at this month’s CS Music Convention.

Bonus Web Article

Where I Last Got Paid to Sing: - Airport Connections with Taylor Hillary Boykins
by Michelle Latour

Mezzo-soprano Taylor Hillary Boykins shares the amazing story of how a random conversation in an airport led to her most recent gig.

In Every Issue

From the Editor - Failing Better
by Sara Thomas

The Singer’s Library - New Books Demystify Unconventional Songs
by Brian Manternach

Read up on two new anthologies of lesser-known songs to add to your next recital or to study simply for your own learning pleasure.

The Doctor Is In: - Life with Reflux— The Ups and Downs
by Anthony Jahn, M.D.

Get to the bottom of acid reflux by understanding the possible causes and best treatments.

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