Jenks Voice Studio

...[Brad] will do his very best to make you a better, and most importantly, a happier performer.

Yvonne Gonzales-Redman

Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Professor of Voice at University of Illinois

...[Brad] will do his very best to make you a better, and most importantly, a happier performer.

Yvonne Gonzales-Redman

Soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Professor of Voice at University of Illinois

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The YAP-less Path

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I have found myself in conversation more times than I can count with young singers who are at their wit’s end over the issue of YAPs (Young Artist Programs). Auditioning for them, the expense for fees and travel, the rejection in the form of the charmingly termed PFOs (Please F*** Off), the wondering what went [Continue reading »]

Art & French Fries

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Why can't people just like things anymore? Why is there always some elaborate justification? I won't go into what I think are the implications of this in the field of Vocal Pedagogy, as I have done that elsewhere (Link). I will stick to the abstract question- Whether it is in the realm of the Arts, [Continue reading »]

Crossover: The mostly one-way street

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Following on the heels of my last post, regarding the nature of "classical training" and defending it as merely the development of skill with one's instrument, I feel compelled to share some examples of wonderful things that I have seen recently. I briefly mentioned crossover in my previous blog, and it is here that I [Continue reading »]

When "Classical" Means Skill

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At various times in my teaching career I have had a reputation as someone who 1) can "teach you to belt" 2)thinks that "classical technique" is the best technique This is admittedly bizarre, firstly because the two seem opposed to one another, and also because neither is anything I actually think nor ever claimed. The former [Continue reading »]

Oh, Blow It Out Your Sing-Hole....

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Cornell MacNeil: "Let us take a word commonly used by singers – support. What does it mean? To some people it means absolute rigidity, which will destroy them!" Jerome Hines: "Support is usually equated with you Italian word appoggio." C. MacNeil: "Appoggio… Which means setting upon… something completely different from support. We think of support [Continue reading »]

The Sound Of Style - Basses Need Not Apply....

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Following on the train of thought from my last posting (The Cricothyroid Rosary), I have been reflecting on the issue of style-appropriate sound. This is a common theme in pedagogical circles these days, and even in the voice sciences where observers seek to ascertain what physical changes occur when switching from style to style. This [Continue reading »]

The Cricothyroid Rosary

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Dear Maestro Garcia, who art otherwise Italianate, forgive me la voce this day. Grant to me ease of Can Belto as it is in Bel Canto. Deliver me from nodules and help me to nail this audition. In the name of Garcia Sr., Garcia Jr., and Seth Riggs, for pop stuff.....Amen. Perhaps I am just [Continue reading »]

Funny You Should Ask..... I Have No Idea

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Over the last year I have had a handful of conversations with colleagues on the subject of “technical” content in vocal instruction. Some are strong proponents of in-depth technical instruction. Many find great success with their students teaching largely through sensory imagery. And there is certainly no shortage of strong opinion on which is more [Continue reading »]