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4 Steps to Becoming a Concert Organist

For students interested in pursuing careers as concert organists, Felipe Dominguez, principal organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Annandale, VA, shares his professional advice.   Felipe Dominguez’s Top 4 Tips for Budding Organists Most concert organists have a church position as their main source of income, and play concerts on the side. If you want a career as a concert organist, you will have to consider a full-time position as a church organist. Your position also gives you credibility and prestige. It is quite different to be introduced just … Continue Reading

How to Find Your Calling through Music

Sometimes while chasing our dreams, we actually wind up at a better destination. Nina Stone set out for the Big Apple with the intention of launching her musical theater career. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with the life of a children’s … Continue Reading

How to Change the World, The Brittany Bullen Way

Brittany Bullen, Composer of the musical Shelter An inspiring musical called Shelter is coming to New York this fall (2012). Loaded with emotional songs and a powerful message, the show was chosen among hundreds of entrants to be featured this July in the New York … Continue Reading

Heritage Treatment Center Presents the Power of

Musical Theater

Some schools merely instruct, but Heritage inspires.   This weekend I took my family and some friends to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Heritage Center Stage.   It was charming, cute, and full of heart—but we didn’t just have a good time. … Continue Reading

7 Reasons Everyone Should Play Piano

7 Reasons Everyone Should Play Piano

I’m an advocate of having every musician play the piano.   This powerhouse instrument packs a powerful punch of benefits.   These are merely the top seven:   1)           It has more notes.   The piano keyboard represents every note … Continue Reading

How to Enjoy Opera

How to Enjoy an Opera

Opera going is not like movie going.   Most movie-goers want to know just enough about the plot to be interested in seeing the film.   They don’t want to know too much about how the story unfolds—or how it ends—because it spoils their fun. … Continue Reading

The Mahler Effect

The Mahler Effect

A great dissertation idea for a daring music student.   I was so moved the first time I saw Gustav Mahler Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.   It may not look extraordinary in a pixilated rendering, but its life-size original … Continue Reading

Make It Through a Sad Song

How to Sing a Sad Song without Crying

Singing a tragic tune is rough. Just one teardrop will muddle the clarity of the voice. Learn the tricks to get over the tears. When I began studying the role of Lily in The Secret Garden musical, I could not get through her songs without … Continue Reading

Treasure Negative Feedback

Treasure Negative Remarks and Feedback

The critique that hurts actually helps the most. Open rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5). A few years ago, a good friend of mine related to me what had happened to him during an audition for a prestigious company. After singing his songs, … Continue Reading

Classical Concert Etiquette

7 Rules of Classical Concert Etiquette

Angry tweets and Facebook posts abound amongst my friends who attend classical concerts. Hardly a month goes by in which I don’t read somebody’s rant against a rude person talking or texting during the performance.   You might have read a few rants yourself. The … Continue Reading