Ask/Suggest

Have a question you’ve always wanted to ask a classical singer? Or a topic you’d like me to ponder and post on? Here’s your chance.

Leave a comment below, and I’ll see what I can do.

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8 responses to “Ask/Suggest

  1. Hi Joyce,
    I’ve been a reader of yours for a little over a year now, and I love your blog! I am currently a junior music major at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. I’m taking a class called Career Skills, which is basically a prep class for how to market yourself as a musician. We have been focusing on networking and different methods of making/keeping contacts within the classical music industry. We were given an assignment to interview someone who we find interesting and who is in the field that we aspire to be in. Would you be interested in having a 30 minute Skype interview? If so, you can contact me through my email or my temporary website (http://alexandra-jacobs.wix.com/soprano1) which also has a form that connects to my email. (I don’t know if wordpress shows you my email.) I think your experiences are so interesting and informative. I’m looking forward to speaking with you.

    Sincerely,
    Alexandra “Lexi” Jacobs
    Bachelor of Music- Business
    Stetson University

    • Hi Lexi,

      Thanks for your message, and I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the blog. Your class sounds like exactly the kind of course that ought to be part of every musician’s education/degree program, and I would definitely be happy to take part. I will be contacting you via your website shortly!

      Best,
      Joyce

  2. Hi Joyce,
    I am curious to know how you find the time to sing, audition, and go to rehearsal with your full-time job. Also, how is living in New York since you have settled in? I love your blog by the way!

    • Hi Lexi,

      So glad you found me and enjoy the blog! It is definitely hard to find the time to work on my music when I work 40+ hours a week. I can honesty say that I am definitely not spending as much time and energy on singing as I’d like, but this was a reality I was prepared for because I had a similar situation in San Diego prior to starting my MM at ASU.

      I’m not willing to give up my full-time job (it is stable, it pays well, and I have health insurance) and I can’t change the number of hours each day, so it comes down to prioritizing and will power. I’ve found that I have to choose what to focus on, and those decisions are hard. I’ve found myself having to choose between practicing or doing something else with those precious hours. You’ve got me thinking about this, so I think I’ll elaborate more in a post 🙂

      As to living in New York – I absolutely love it. Are you a New Yorker or thinking of moving out here? Because I had my boyfriend to ease my transition, I think I adjusted very quickly. Alright, I don’t really know all the subway lines and I still get lost sometimes, but I’m pretty comfortable for the most part. My schedule being what it is, my life mainly consists of work, my boyfriend, Dante (our puppy), and singing. I can’t really speak about the NYC nightlife or clubs or bars, but I do enjoy the life that I’m living. I have zero regrets about moving, and I am really excited about how things are going.

      Thank you for visiting! And please keep commenting and asking questions – I love hearing what other people have to say!

      Best,
      Joyce

      • Hi Joyce,
        I’m still in my undergraduate degree at Stetson University. I’m actually planning on getting my MBA and then going to graduate school for vocal performance. I want to move to New York to sing, but that won’t be for a couple of years. I just love reading about your experience. Keep writing more!

      • Lexi,

        Congratulations and good for you! Getting an additional degree in something other than music is not a bad idea. I got an MA in Education prior to my MM, and I can say without hesitation that having this non-music background/experience has served me well. I’m sure that my degree and work experience helped me land my current position at NYU.

        The other side of the coin is that I obviously was not devoting 100% of myself to singing while I was working on getting my MA. So who knows, maybe I would have made more progress vocally if I’d just stuck with music… there’s probably no right of wrong answer. Do what you feel is right in your heart and your gut, and don’t have any regrets! Always push forward!

        Best of luck to you!

        Joyce

  3. HI Joyce–

    I am a classical singer form CA and am here in NYC until 1/26 singing in an original musical. I would LOVE to know what audition cut you used for Robert toi que j’aime when you did it (in 2011?).

    Also, I am thinking about moving to NYC as well, but I’ve been here since 12/18…and, well, I just don’t know! Anyway, didn’t see a way to email you on this site, but I would LOVE to pick your brain about some things! I, too, am a yoga enthusiast and love your blog (even though I just found it, it’s now bookmarked!)

    • Hi Mindi,

      Thanks for posting! I hope your stay in NYC was a good one and that your performances went well. What was the musical called and where did you perform?

      When I used Robert, toi que j’aime, I went ahead and did the whole thing since it was for a competition with time slots of a really decent length and I felt less pressure to have something short and sweet (which is generally the case for auditions). However, my then-teacher did have a possible cut marked in the score: Cut from the first “Grace” after the first key change all the way through “a tes genoux” and picking back up at the first “Grace” in F major. I never did this cut though, so I don’t know how well it works – if you are thinking of testing it out, please let me know how it goes!

      My biggest concern prior to the move was finding a job and being able to afford living in New York; once I landed a job, I had just about zero qualms about my decision (other than missing my family out on the West Coast). However, I admit that it definitely helped to have someone already here who knew the city, could show me around, and could give me directions to the right subway line whenever I got lost. I don’t think I would have transitioned as smoothly as I did without that support. We can definitely talk more about this — I’ll be sending you an email soon!

      Best,
      Joyce

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