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EuroVoice News Jan. 13th, 2010 @ 05:12 pm

The Contest does not officially kick-off until spring 2010, but the Organising Committee is already offering musicians a chance to become a member of the EuroVoice Club.

In the run-up to the Contest, Club members can promote themselves and their music and even create their own fan clubs, where fans can get to know their favourite act and also the other fans.

All you have to do to become a Club member is fill in a special registration form, go to "Log in>Register" and upload one or more entry songs.

The whole portal has been completely redesigned.

Now you can improve your rating by being active on your profile. So, it's up to you how popular you become.
Every time you add a new track, or upload a new video or photo, this is displayed online on the Portal's main page.
Become a member of the EuroVoice Club! Take this opportunity; take your fate in your own hands.

The millions of Internet users and television viewers of Europe await you!

EuroVoice is a brand-new European music contest, where everyone is invited to participate. No politics. Fans and viewers are referees. Find more www.eurovoice.tv

Methods for sight-singing Jan. 12th, 2010 @ 01:26 pm
I was just thrown for a loop regarding my school’s theory program. Apparently they do not use solfege. My question is, if I were to audition at Juilliard, Eastman, or a similar school (for my master’s degree), would I be laughed out of the room if I were to sight-sing using numbers? And for curiosity's sake, how common is it for institutions of higher learning to use non-solfege sight-singing methods? In the past, I learned to sight read with solfege, and I’m thinking I might be better off going back to those materials and studying independently. Using numbers is easier, but if solfege is what I need to know in the long run, as I imagine it is, then I don't want to be sight-singing with numbers for the next few semesters.

Thank you in advance for any responses.

Do you guys like Susan Boyle?! Dec. 9th, 2009 @ 09:12 am
Are you guys fans of Susan Boyle? Not only do I think her voice is beautiful, but she's also such an inspiration. Did you guys hear about the exclusive documentary that TV Guide Network's airing on the 13th?

Pics and info on it here. Can't wait!
I Dreamed a Dream... The Susan Boyle Story

Drew Sarich! Dec. 7th, 2009 @ 12:53 am
mods, if this is not allowed, I apologize and please delete.

Do you like musicals? Do you like Drew Sarich? Have you even heard of him? If not, check him out, and if you like what you see/hear (or know anyone who does), please join/promote my new community:

Where anyone is welcome to come and celebrate Drew Sarich with icons, graphics, photos, videos, discussions...the sky is the limit! Feel free to join and/or spread the word!



EuroVoice - the new Music Contest in Europe Dec. 4th, 2009 @ 04:42 am

Want to be a part of musical revolution? Get involved in EuroVoice 2010!

EuroVoice is a new european music contest leaded by famous composer Eric Serra (soundtracks: Bandidas, Wasabi, The Fifth Element, GoldenEye, Léon etc.) You can upload tracks, create your own community or support your favourite musician. For more details visit www.eurovoice.tv

Don't miss your chanse!

Kind regards,
EuroVoice Team.

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» Please help Rebecca get money for College

Rebecca has been studying voice with me since 2001. She just graduated and is going off to Oral Roberts University in a few months. This contest ends at the end of June, and the money would help her pay for college expenses. You can vote every 8 hours, so please take a second and click the green checkmark. Pass it on, if you know other groups who would vote for her.

» Help one of my graduating senior students to win a scholarship
Hi! I know this isn't directly related to singing, but I thought you might be some sympathetic folks. Rebecca has been studying with me since she was 9, and is graduating from High School next month! She'll be heading off to college in September about 2,000 miles away, and is trying to get scholarship money from online contests, like this one at Brickfish. Please vote for her to help increase her chances of winning! You can vote every 8 hours, too. Just click on the green check mark in the little image box below.

» music workshops in fresno, california
Popular Songwriting Across Musical and Lyrical Styles: Stretching the Limits
June 28 to July 11, 2009
Student songwriters will experience instruction from some of the best songwriters working today, exploring diverse styles and rhythms.

Flute and Guitar: Alone and in Concert
June 28 to July 11, 2009
This workshop will provide intensive instruction and masterclasses for flute students and guitar students. Repertory for flute and guitar will also be studied and performed.

New Frontiers in Digital Music and Media
July 12 to July 25, 2009
This workshop will focus on the art of scoring, from video games to feature films.

The Complete Singer-Actor: Getting Your Act Together
July 12 to July 25, 2009
This workshop is for the singer/actor interested in opera and light opera styles.

More info at http://www.csusummerarts.org/courses.shtml.
» Grad school without an undergrad music degree
 Hello, everyone. I have a somewhat loaded question for anyone who can help me out. Before that, though, I have to share my loaded story:

I am a soprano in my early 20s. I am currently a junior in college, working toward a Bachelor of Arts in a field unrelated to music. I began college as a vocal performance major, but personal problems forced me to withdraw from school. Ever since I returned to college as a non-music major, I’ve been missing music but have simultaneously been trying to find something more practical (what can I say, I’m a worrywart). I have now come to the conclusion that nothing I am interested in is practical, so I figure I should go with what I truly love so that I can have a little bit of fun while I struggle.

The best plan for me, short-term, would be to simply extend my undergrad time (probably by a year) and stay with my major and minor, but add a bunch of music classes. I would hate to switch my major again, because I’m an “old” student as it is. I know that it’s possible for musicians who don’t have undergraduate music degrees but who have the proper background in theory and history – and of course, the talent – to be accepted as graduate music students. I want to be able to attend a prestigious graduate school, and I wonder whether my lacking the complete undergraduate background that other candidates have will hinder my chances at being accepted anywhere. I’ve heard quite a few times that when it comes to graduate school it’s more about the talent level and potential for growth, which I feel fine with, but I am concerned as to how not having a music degree might affect me. It’s hard enough to get into opera with a Master’s, so I want to make sure that wherever I go to receive that Master’s is a place that will open doors for me in the future.

When I spoke to my voice teacher about the possibility of adding music classes in order to go on to graduate school, she thought it sounded good. When I pitched the idea to the chair of the music department here, s/he was extremely dismissive. I find this funny, because there is a music professor at this school who received his Bachelor’s degree in a subject totally unrelated to music and went on to study music at the graduate level at Indiana University, and he himself told me that it doesn’t matter what your undergraduate degree is. Anyway, the chair said that having a Bachelor’s degree in music would qualify me much more for graduate school, and that I probably wouldn’t be able to get into a good Master’s program without that degree.

I don’t believe that last part, simply because I have evidence that says otherwise. But this does make me think about what kind of program I’d be able to get into. A while ago, I saw a Peabody student in a LJ community state that they were in graduate school with people who didn’t get undergraduate music degrees, and Peabody’s just the type of place I’d like to get into.

So, bottom line, what I need to know is whether or not I’ve been naïve/delusional to believe that I could have a shot at getting into a top tier school like Juilliard/Mannes/Peabody without a Bachelor’s degree in music. Or perhaps I’m being delusional when I believe that I have to attend such a school in order to successfully break into the industry?? I’m really struggling, so please, if you can shed any light on the situation, I would love to hear from you! (And thanks to anyone who read this whole thing!!)

(Cross-posted to a few other communities.)

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