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BSR Blog: Sing for the Ancestors: Generations Connecting through Music-Making

Sing for the Ancestors: Generations Connecting through Music-Making


My journey in music traces its roots, in part, back to my grandmother, Joanna Heard, and her brother Eugene. There were four children in the Heard family—William, Joanna, Eugene, and Virginia. Their… continue
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Approaching Extended Vocal Techniques with Agency & Cultural Awareness


Re-assessing and re-defining extended techniques and new music as a genre allows for a more authentic representation of the diversity of its practitioners and creators, reflecting the mosaic of… continue
Tired of Silent Night? 3 Non-Traditional Songs for the Holidays

Tired of Silent Night? 3 Non-Traditional Songs for the Holidays


Are you tired of singing the same traditional carols year after year? Here are three non-traditional carols to add to your list!
What they're up to

What they're up to: how four local professional singers are using their downtime


We asked four local professional singers how they have been filling their days with the arts world - and the rest of the world - on pause.
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A Guide to Teaching Online Lessons


Ellen Allen shares her best practices - and words of encouragement! - for teachers embarking on online lessons.
James Dargan in performance

The Artivist in Action: a singer's guide to speaking out by James Dargan


"An artist's job is to speak to the times." Nina Simone Dear fellow singers,
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Bridging the Pit: Advice for opera singers from director Kirsten Z Cairns


Everyone wants to have a good time in the rehearsal room! We’re all there to work hard, have fun, be inspired, and create something wonderful. We all know, however, that it can be really daunting,… continue
Katrina Holden

Five tips for singers this audition season by Katrina Holden-Buckley


Get out your jewel-toned wrap dresses, modest heels, and black suits! It’s YAP audition season!
Sarah Rogers

A Guide to Choosing the Right Graduate School


So you’ve finally decided to go to grad school. Great! Now what?