Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World

Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World by Elena Greco March 22, 2016 Vocal technique, performance skills, summer programs, young artist programs, networking—all are important in furthering a vocal career.  But there is another important piece that is too often neglected—one that can make or break a career—and that is communication. Communication is the currency with…

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On Singing: My Philosophy of Teaching Voice

On Singing: My Philosophy of Teaching Voice by Elena Greco February 5, 2016 Being a singer poses demands that no other professional has to face. With an instrument that is both organic and sentient, there are unique challenges. Also, like acting, singing is a profession fraught with rejection. And in modern times, it is very much a business, and the…

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Free and Easy Marketing: Mutual Promotion

Free and Easy Marketing: Mutual Promotion by Elena Greco November 9, 2015 Promotion in the arts is radically different than it was a few years ago.  There are many great ways to promote, some of which are expensive and some of which are not.  But there’s one way that doesn’t cost a cent:  mutual promotion. One way we can use mutual promotion…

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The Psychology of Performance

The Psychology of Performance by Elena Greco Published in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201511/the-psychology-performance Also published in CLASSICAL SINGER as “Overcoming Performance Anxiety” https://www.csmusic.net/content/articles/overcoming-performance-anxiety November 9, 2015 Like many performers, I started off my singing career with severe stage fright.  I never let it stop me – the inner drive to perform and make music was too strong – but it did…

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Better Living Through Music

Better Living Through Music by Elena Greco July 2007 © Introduction Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education. ~ Plato (347 B.C.E.) The process of academic learning and concentrated study is sometimes fraught with stress, difficulty, tension and apprehension. In addition, other areas of our lives require mental focus in processing information which sometimes proves difficult.…

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Ageism in the Arts

Ageism in the Arts by Elena Greco July 14, 2011 Let’s face it: we’re just not allowed to grow up. As performing artists, we don’t dare let anyone know our age, don’t dare let a wrinkle show, don’t dare give a hint that we might have grown a year older. We have to remain stuck in time. I don’t know…

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Creating Art from a Multi-Dimensional Life

Creating Art from a Multi-Dimensional Life by Elena Greco September 28, 2013 For 25 years now I have had four professions. I have kept them separate professionally until now, but I am feeling compelled to combine them to bring forth something new. This post will explain why, I believe. Unlike all of my writing up till now, I do not…

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The Sad – and Happy – State of the Arts

The Sad – and Happy – State of the Arts by Elena Greco February 9, 2011  There’s a lot of talk about the sad state of the arts these days. There’s a lot of bemoaning the loss of government funding, the commercialism and cheapening of opera, and the lack of work for singers. All of this is certainly true. But…

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Paying to Sing

Paying to Sing by Elena Greco October 17, 2010 I finally have to say it: the Emperor has no clothes. I finally have to say that I am against the practice of not paying singers, and of expecting singers to pay for every opportunity to sing. No other musician is asked to do this! No other professional is asked to…

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