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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Intention—Our Portal to Creation

Intention—Our Portal to Creation by Elena Greco The beginning of the year is the time when people are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions. The word “resolution” has the root “resolve,” so we might think that resolutions would be strong predictors of the future. Unfortunately, we would be wrong. What most people mean by “New Year’s Resolution” is more wishful…

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Purchasing Health

Purchasing Health by Elena Greco December 30, 2015 Every year I choose a cause or topic to focus on, one which is urgent or important to our culture and our planet. I learn as much as I can about it, post about it on social media, and write about it. That’s part of my activism, something I think is particularly…

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Gratitude: Why Bother?

Gratitude: Why Bother? by Elena Greco We hear a lot about gratitude. It seems like something we should be having, or aspiring to have. But what is it and how do we get some? And why bother, really? When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. ~ Willie Nelson At times our own light goes out and…

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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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THE MUSIC SALON™-2015 November

THE MUSIC SALON™ Next meeting: Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Upper West Side, New York City Accompanist:  Lucas Barkley Cost: $20* Bring a friend and you both attend half price! Come join us for a great time singing, noshing and networking!  We’ll have an accompanist who can read anything and is aligned with the purpose of THE MUSIC SALON™, which…

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones by Elena Greco Credit: Blaze Press April 9, 2015 We need to communicate with others. It seems obvious, doesn’t it? In order to come to agreement about pressing issues, in order to create positive change in our world, we have to have a dialogue—with friends, with enemies, with other political parties, with other countries. I have to…

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The Music Salon™: Will It Continue?

THE MUSIC SALON™ by Elena Greco Will It Continue? July 27, 2015 Hello, Music Salon Friends. I hope you’re having a great summer so far! THE MUSIC SALON™ is in its eighth year now, and I’ve been taking an objective look at it, appreciating its value in the past, the positive contribution it has made, and considering its place in…

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THE MUSIC SALON™-2015 October

THE MUSIC SALON™ Next meeting: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. Upper West Side, New York City Cost: $20* Bring a friend and you both attend half price! Please note:  This is a FRAGRANCE-FREE event so that attendees who have allergies and asthma can be comfortable. Also, there is a strict 48-hour cancellation policy. The Music Salon™ Personnel Bios  *  The Music Salon™ Past…

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