Catch Bonnie singing Margaret Bonds on Performance Today, 1/15/24

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) was an African American composer and one of the first black composers to be widely recognized in the U.S.. She was known for her solo vocal works, including spiritual settings and art songs. Bonnie’s 2003 recording of Margaret Bonds’ song, “Dream Variation” from her Three Dream Portraits , with text by Langston […]

Boston Choruses are Auditioning!

Boston’s choral community is vibrant and large. After a couple years of relatively low activity due to the pandemic, choruses are offering complete seasons of performances in 2022-23. I have included below a list of some of the area’s mainstream choral organizations who have listed their audition dates. The Boston Choral Collaborative has information on […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #5, the muscles around the larynx

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing, in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.These exercises are […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #1

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.  These exercises […]

Why Study Old Italian Arias?

For those studying singing at the beginner and intermediate levels, studying old (17th and 18th century) Italian arias seems to be a nearly universal recommendation.   Why is this so? What are the magical properties of this repertoire? What are these arias?  Where are they from? These “Old Italian” arias are from operas of the 17th […]

Now that we are singing together again, it’s time to get back in (singing) shape!

  Get Back in (Singing) Shape:   A Post-Pandemic Workshop for Choral Singers with Bonnie Pomfret, soprano and master teacher Even if your choir had virtual rehearsals, sitting in front of a screen and singing to it are nothing like singing in an acoustical space with other singers!  As we begin at last to make music […]

Learning to Practice (Singing)

Learning to Practice (Singing) [This was written by a student of mine.  He has come a long way in his singing, but also in his thinking about singing, which he shares here.]            To begin, I should explain that I’ve been studying voice for many years.  With different teachers, in different schools; […]

A Delicate Subject

A Delicate Subject             This post is about professional ethics for voice teachers. It may be surprising, but in my three degrees in voice very little time was devoted to the subject of professional ethics.  I remember a single class (doctoral-level voice pedagogy) where the topic of touching a student during the lesson was discussed.  […]

Singing Evaluation – FREE in December 2020

Holiday Offer to Singers! FREE in December!  Singing voice evaluation , usually $100 – Get a little more feedback before your next audition… —Tone Production —Repertoire —Diction —Total performance   Send links or recordings of two contrasting selections to bonniepomfret@verizon.net   Classical soprano, I have sung domestically and internationally and taught all levels. My former […]