Anonymous asked:
I recently found out who my voice teacher is going to be! My university just places you with a studio teacher depending on how you did in your initial audition! Although I'm extremely excited, I'm nervous because she specializes in Opera. I mean I could pretend that I have an operatic tone, but I definitely have more of a jazzy flare (if that makes any sense lol). Should I be worried? She is PERFECTION though so I would love to learn from her.

Whatever you do, just sing like yourself! Do what you always do and let your teacher mold your voice from what she hears. It’s healthier and more honest and you’ll like your lessons a lot more. Congratulations on the studio teacher and being so excited! You’ll love it, I promise.

-James

Anonymous asked:
Hello! First off, I loveeeee your blog and all of the flawless advice that both of you give! I am an incoming freshmen vocal performance major. I've been talking to some of the other freshmen VP majors and I'm not going to lie I'm getting extremely intimidated. Most of them are from performing arts schools or have been doing this all of their lives and I guess I'm just having a lot of insecurity and self doubt. Any advice? Thank you so much!

dont give it a second thought. Even students who have had the best training in their high school careers come in as new music students just like everyone else. No matter who you were in high school, in college, youre a little fish in a big pond. Dont be intimidated by the experience others have. Even if they have more than you do, that doesnt make them any better than you and certainly doesnt mean you wont succeed! Dont let insecurity get to you! Show up and rock everyones socks off!!!

-Sarah

Anonymous asked:
I was wondering if you could suggest what might be some good pieces to try out with for a vocal performance major for undergraduate (for a soprano)? Just so I can get a feel for the difficulty of the pieces I should be looking into-- it's okay if you don't feel comfortable sharing/don't have time to respond!

Stick to anything from the 24/26/28 Italian Art Songs and Arias book and easy English Art Song if you can. If you’re only eighteen (I’m assuming you are) they aren’t looking for flashiness or how much heavy rep you can handle. They’re looking at potential and musicality/vocal instinct (which you can demonstrate on any piece no matter what the actual difficulty is). If they need songs in German or French, grab some really easy Schubert or Schumann or something. Ask your private/school teacher for actual repertoire, they can help a lot more than I can.

-James

Anonymous asked:
The opera video request can be for anyone who reads it first! I didn't realize there was more than one person on this blog, my apologies!

wow I SEE HOW IT IS

-Sarah

Anonymous asked:
You should post a video of yourself singing opera. I would very much like to hear your voice!

I have this. It’s not actual opera and it’s not very recent (it’s from November of this past school year), but it’s a basic idea as to how I sound. I do sound better now since this video was taken, however. Enjoy!

-James

Anonymous asked:
I haven't had any choir rehearsals or voice lessons since the end of May (believe me, the withdrawals are real lol) Any advice for getting back into the routine for my freshmen year? I don't want to get there in August and barely even be able to do the breathing exercises. I do my scales and vocal warmups (and obviously I sing in the shower every day haha) but besides that I haven't done anything else. Btw I'm going to be a Vocal Music Ed major :) Thanks!!

Eh, rest is good for the voice anyway. If you’re warming up on a somewhat normal basis (like a few times a week just to keep your voice in check) you should be okay for the coming year. You’ll be better off than some people, believe me. Your stamina might not all be there but it’ll come easier than the people who take off for the entire summer (like I usually do but can’t this summer).

-James

Anonymous asked:
What do you think of smoking weed as a vocalist?

wickedprickofthewest:

As with any substance that shouldn’t actually be in your body very often, it’s best to avoid doing it for any sort of time before you sing (like how you should avoid caffeine, blood thinning medication like ibuprofen, and alcohol) I have smoked before but I haven’t done it before a rehearsal or performance because I find it disrespectful to your fellow performers, the directors, and the music itself. Practice/perform sober. Always.

But if you mean just in general, I think it’s best to do it in moderation and never before rehearsals/performances. I can’t imagine constantly blowing smoke across your folds is good for you. Again, I don’t smoke pot every day so I don’t really know. I do have friends who smoke more regularly but I’ve never really asked them about it.

Somebody asked me this on my personal and I actually really think it belongs on here too.

Are any of our followers voice students at Boston University? If you are PLEASE message my (James’s) private blog off anonymous. I have a question.

wickedprickofthewest:

If anybody ever tells you that major timezone changes are easy to deal with, I want you to punch them in the teeth.

wickedprickofthewest:

We won third place gold in Mixed Youth Champion division and second place gold in Spiritual Champion division, as well as a gold medal in Musica Sacra with Accompaniment.

This is so humbling to be a part of one of the highest ranking choirs in the world and be singing for judges like André Thomas. This was life-changing. Truly life-changing.

We fly home tomorrow and oh, what a homecoming it will be.