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NATS announces partnership with The Achievement Program
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National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (The Achievement Program) announced a new partnership that will provide NATS members with resources for them to become more effective in their roles as music educators. Launched in March 2011 by New York's Carnegie Hall and Canada's Royal Conservatory, The Achievement Program provides a national standard for musical achievement, offering a sequential course of study from beginner through advanced levels for people of all ages studying music. More

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Choir director shapes young voices despite losing hers
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The first concern centered on her life. It then shifted to her livelihood. South Kitsap, Wash., resident Stephanie Charbonneau began studying piano and singing in choirs at age 3. But a lifetime of honing her craft nearly came to an end when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which wrapped around her vocal cord. She had her first surgery in May 2007. More

Adele's doctor on how to save a voice
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"Hemorrhaged vocal cords." The words conjure images of a bloody blowout, one that seems all the more dramatic because it sidelined Adele just as the 23-year-old singer was dominating the music business. But the doctor who successfully operated on Adele says that the condition is generally not as gruesome as it sounds and does not afflict only powerhouse singers. TV pundits who shout over each other and traders screaming above the ding of a stock exchange, for example, run the risk of voice trauma, an acute form of the stress that we all weather over decades of vocalizing. More

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Andrea Bocelli's Central Park concert bows on PBS
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Thousands crowd Central Park's Great Lawn, despite ominous skies. As the temperature drops and the wind kicks up, they stay, excited to listen to Andrea Bocelli. Just before the tenor takes the stage, the rain subsides and the sky darkens. The lights in the New York City skyline give the Great Lawn that magical feeling of being some place very special. Eventually a hard, cold rain falls, but Bocelli keeps going. The Sept. 15 concert is on PBS' "Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park" Friday, Dec. 2. More

Journal of Singing featured article: 'The Star-Spangled Banner' — a tutorial
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Robert Edwin writes, "In my studio, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is a very popular song. It seems not a week goes by without a student coming in and saying, 'I was asked to sing the national anthem at an event. Can we work on it?' My students' renditions have varied from the sublime — Timmy Kelly singing gallantly in the bitter cold at the nationally televised Philadelphia Eagles NFC Championship game in 2005 — to the ridiculous — Les Pitchy's sincere but pathetic vocal attempt in January of 2011 (see the PS&MT column in Volume 67, No. 3 of the Journal of Singing)." More

Lyric alumna Amber Wagner is rising fearlessly to the top
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As written by John von Rhein, "The first time I heard Amber Wagner sing was on a warm summer night in 2008 at Millennium Park. The young soprano, then beginning her second year in Lyric Opera's young artist development program, the Ryan Opera Center, was performing in the annual 'Stars of Lyric Opera' concert. I remember being blown away by the creamy beauty and rich amplitude of her voice as she sustained the arching cantilena of Leonora's aria, 'Tacea la notte,' from Verdi's 'Il Trovatore.'" More

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Opera legend Sena Jurinac dies, aged 90
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Born in Travnik in Bosnia in October 1921, the Austrian star studied in Zagreb, and made her debut there 1942 as Mimi in La Boheme. She made very few recordings across her career, although the BBC recently issued a CD of her 1961 "Proms" show. More

A 2011 NATS intern's perspective: by Soon Cho
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Recently, National Association of Teachers of Singing announced its 2012 Intern Program, an exciting and innovative venture that seeks to pair experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented young members of NATS. Within a format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to substantially improve the studio teaching skills of these promising young teachers. Soon Cho, a 2011 NATS intern program participant, shares her experiences. More

Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin define musical acting
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As two of musical theater's biggest and most enduring stars, Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin could have easily just put together a smorgasbord of excerpts from their triumphant performances. A few are included in "An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin", but they're not the essence of this sublime show, which opened recently at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. What these two old friends offer — with no set or costumes to speak of, and only a bassist and piano player accompanying them — is something much richer: a celebration of and master class in musical acting. More

The classical-music chaperon
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If everyone had their own classical music mentor — someone to take them to concerts and explain the mysteries — there would probably be a lot more fans out there. But if your personal music-loving sage is otherwise engaged, there's another way: All you really need is Rob Kapilow and an iPad. More

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5 essential ways entrepreneurs can stay motivated and win
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Motivation is the fuel that powers the business engine. When you run out of it, you should top it up immediately. One of the things that's going to make the huge difference in your success is the level of motivation you have. More

Measuring offline vs. online word-of-mouth marketing
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The now commonly held notion that social media-related marketing is a requirement for business success may not carry as much water as once thought. Despite all the technological advances in recent years, especially in the realm of social media, a recent study suggests that the vast majority of public discussion about products, brands and services occur in everyday word-of-mouth encounters with others, not online. More

11 ways to build a community around your Google+ page
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Just recently, Google announced the release of Google+ Pages, allowing people to create a page about their brand, company or blog. Because we all know the impact Google+ and +1's have in Google's search results, you should get a head start on building a community around your page and leave your competitors in the dust. More
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