Category Archives: Audition

Caffeinated Calmness

You know that feeling of being charged up, ready for action, batteries all at 100%, yet at the same time feeling a profound inner stillness? In younger years, I thought the two states were mutually exclusive. Lately I’ve been experiencing … Continue reading

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Singing, Talent and Teaching Voice

Are we here to filter for the marketplace or to bring out the best in student singers? This provocative and rhetorical question rings in my ears almost every time I attend a diploma concert. What should be a celebration of … Continue reading

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Games Voice Students Play — Past Teachers’ Failure

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve been noticing lately an increasing tendency, in blogs, in facebook and on singing/teaching sites in general, towards indignantly commenting about how many ‘bad’ voice teachers there are out there. This tendency seems emphasized by … Continue reading

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A Different Cosmos – The Music of the Spheres

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Two quite intense weeks of courses in U. Weimar are over and done. First week was “Performance Training” and the second “Mental Training”. A young accordionist gave me yet another opportunity to be astounded. I’m … Continue reading

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„PRESENCE“

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Stage presence is a term I’ve heard since my first days on the stage. I always found it palpable as a phenomenon, yet almost impossible to describe. Is it possible to ‘teach’ it? Is it … Continue reading

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…the pursuit of Happiness.

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’m definitely not the first to wonder why our founding fathers chose “Life, Liberty and the “PURSUIT” of Happiness” as a motto. Why not “Life, Happiness and the Pursuit of Liberty? They of all people … Continue reading

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Vowel Color – Voice Color

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Professional singers and voice students alike often hear the terms “Forward Placement” and “Brightness”. Some of these students, ESPECIALLY when in dynamic rapport with their teachers, tacitly understand what is meant. Is this a guarantee? … Continue reading

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