10/06/2013 - 6:24am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
I haven't had the opportunity to hear cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) in a live concert. A good colleague of mine attended his concerts and described a scene where this big Russian man would... Read More
08/15/2013 - 3:49pm EDT by
Janellen Farmer
Dear Friends, I just wanted to update you in all things musical for the coming Fall at St. Matthew's. Chancel Choir will resume on Sunday, September 8th, rehearsal at 9:30 followed by service... Read More
04/16/2013 - 9:29pm EDT by
Susan Anders Brizick
There are many facets to singing as most music educators know. Breath support, posture, and communication of the song are the most important. Does the average person know about these things as well... Read More
03/11/2013 - 1:13pm EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
MET competition winners from Philadelphia include Soprano Sydney Mancasola (AVA), bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis). I work with all three artists, so yes,... Read More
03/04/2013 - 2:01pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This is where it gets interesting. Met Grand Finals concert is really not about winning the competition. It is about getting on industry radar. Opera companies' bosses around the country are... Read More
03/03/2013 - 4:35pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
It is a treat when a famed stage director Tito Capobianco brings his magic to AVA. On the first hearing, I discovered a moving and beautiful opera by Massenet. Yes, as AVA faculty I am bias, but... Read More
03/01/2013 - 5:01pm EST by
Susan Anders Brizick
Try to simplify if you can to make these 4 goals attainable. 1. You are What You Eat (and Drink)! Eat a well-balanced diet and drink lots of water and liquids without caffeine. Pay attention... Read More
02/17/2013 - 9:59pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Recently re-branded Opera Philadelphia is definitely on the rise. The latest production of "Silent Night" by Kevin Puts, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, is a success with the Philadelphia audiences, and... Read More
02/17/2013 - 11:12am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
At age 98, Eleonor Sokoloff, piano pedagogue at the Curtis Institute of Music, is a major fan of Facebook and iPad. I have known Mrs. Sokoloff since I was a teenager auditioning to Curtis. I have... Read More
01/19/2013 - 12:54pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Congratulation to bass-baritone Musa Ngqunqwana (AVA), tenor Billy Davenport (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis) on advancing to semi-final round of Metropolitan Opera National Council... Read More