For Singers, COVID is Nowhere Near Over

Things seemed to be coming back to pre-pandemic norms for singers, but here in the Boston area, this month has been disheartening. Unmasked singing:  Recently there was a nightmare outbreak of COVID among members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the resident chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Over 30 people in the chorus and orchestra […]

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 #4, The Jaw

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 #3 – Under the Chin

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there is a post which contains:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #2

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there are:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips how to do the […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Singers, are you getting what you need?

What constitutes comprehensive singer training in the time of COVID?   Here’s a checklist: Voice technique, including Breathing Production of sound Resonance and tone color Vocal exercises chosen for your vocal development Vocal exercises for special vocal techniques that your repertoire demands Repertoire chosen for your voice and level Recital Oratorio and Symphonic Opera Diction and […]