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instructor is not an initial option for incoming undergraduates. This is usually because of faculty size or program stipulations. By and large, however, most vocal performance programs allow incoming students at each level of education the option to select their top choices. It isn’t until graduate studies that incoming students can make very speci c studio requests. Even then, assignments are still frequently based on preference rankings and studio availability (sometimes a studio is simply full, or a soon-to- retire teacher isn’t taking on any new students). For our purposes here, the rest of this article will focus on how to research voice teachers so that you can come to
a decision and ultimately  nd the right voice teacher for you!
“In general, voice teachers are proud
of their students’ successes and are increasingly posting them on all sorts of social media platforms.”
Libero Canto
the path to free singing
September 8 and November (date TBA), 2019
You are invited to participate in a free 4-hour introductory workshop taught by Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési, licensed teachers of the Libero Canto Approach.
To register:
Please send an email with your name and a brief description of your singing experience to
Registration deadline for September 8 workshop is September 6, 2019.
Applications Now Open for our 2020 Winter Intensive January 6-18
Application Deadline Friday, October 4, 2019
New York Dramatic Voices (NYDV) was created for singing artists about to embark on a career in the heavier vocal repertoire. Class sizes are small to give each artist the attention the dramatic voice requires.
Each artist receives:
Daily Acting and Moving on the Stage Classes with MET Opera and HBO star Anthony Laciura • One-on- One Coachings focusing on musical style and diction • Professional Video Recordings • Professional Photos • Masterclasses with Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, Michael Recchiuti, and Ken Benson • Stage Directions • Character Development • Lighting Design highlighting your performance • and much more
Research and Web Investigation
For some, researching voice teachers can feel daunting, while for others it’s an exciting enterprise and prospect. For those in the former group, I invite you to reframe the prospect of voice teacher research— even if only for the time it takes
to read this article—to the latter, excited group of singers engaged
in  nding the right  t. When we view this process with a sense of anticipation and excitement, it helps us to remain calm and lower the stakes a bit as we contend with all of the additional challenges and related minutia involved in beginning a
new degree program (e.g., planning, packing, moving, etc.).
The internet is a terri c place
to begin your search. A singer doesn’t need to wait until they’ve been accepted into a program to begin researching teachers online. In fact, many begin this process while they’re researching potential schools. Very frequently, a student can  nd themselves attracted to a school because of the reputation
of a teacher. Most schools include some biographical information for their voice faculty members on their website. 79

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