Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen is a tireless promoter of contemporary classical music for the voice. Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Megan recently debuted on the Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, and with NYC-based Stone Mason Projects. Her interdisciplinary “Kafka Fragments” project had performances in Maryland and Colorado. Her recording of Garrett Schumann’s “Bound” with Latitude 49 was selected for both the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Fall 2015 Mixtape and the CarpeDM Seize Des Moines “Music Mix: Volume III” featured at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Learn more about Megan at meganihnen.com.
June 8th, 2021 | 58 mins 51 secs
classical singing, grantwriting, music business, opera
Composer, producer, and development professional, Jillian Flexner refuses to be labeled as one thing and that's exactly why I wanted her to join us for a Masterclass episode on Studio Class. Jillian Flexner is a composer, new music activist, and bassoonist. Originally from North Carolina, Jillian grew up around a diverse culture of music. In 2013, Jillian co-founded the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, a group that continues its passion to present new operas today. Jillian received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in 2016, and now works in Development with the Rubin Museum of Himalayan and Buddhist Art. Jillian’s music has been presented all over the United States and has been performed by many ensembles.
May 10th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
classical singing, composition, interview, masterclass, music business
So thrilled to welcome composer and writer Dale Trumbore to the Studio Class Podcast for a Masterclass episode. As a composer who works frequently with words, Trumbore is passionate about setting to music poems, prose and found text by living writers. Find out more about Dale at https://www.daletrumbore.com/
May 3rd, 2021 | 9 mins 10 secs
classical singing, micro-actions, music business, practice
Your micro action for the day is to study your icons! Learn from them. A big THANK YOU to Sarah and Josh for being part of the Sybaritic Camerata Listening Circle on Patreon.com/mezzoihnen.
February 22nd, 2021 | 16 mins 39 secs
classical singing, music business, voice lessons, voice teacher
I have always said that voice teachers are one part instructor and two parts therapist. Singing is a very personal thing. You must trust the person you have chosen to help develop your voice as well as being an encouraging force. Here are a few areas of focus for evaluating your current teacher or finding a new voice teacher.
February 15th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
masterclass, mezzo-soprano, opera, raehann bryce-davis
We caught up with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis for a Masterclass episode on Studio Class as she was preparing Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Vlaanderen. Raehann shares about how she thinks about supporting the voice, what her "5 year plan" looked like when she finished grad school, and how she's advocating for change in our field through Black Opera Alliance and more.
January 11th, 2021 | 9 mins 1 sec
classical singing, debt, financial freedom, micro actions, money, music business
Don't let debt push you out of the field before you have a chance to realize your dreams. Give yourself the gift of financial freedom.
December 28th, 2020 | 14 mins 35 secs
budgeting, classical singing, micro actions, money, music business, spending
We spend on what we think we need to get through to the next level, or get through the semester, or to just get through the overwhelmingly long days. Following a plan for your spending that supports your ultimate career plans will help relieve you from the burden of debt and constant worrying over your financial future.
December 21st, 2020 | 4 mins 57 secs
classical singing, income tracking, micro actions, music business
Take the first step today by watching your finances. Be aware. Be proactive. Be less stressed about your money by monitoring your accounts.
December 14th, 2020 | 9 mins 16 secs
classical singing, micro actions, music business, professionalism
Here are some tips to bring your best self to the rehearsal space and beyond.
December 7th, 2020 | 22 mins 12 secs
affirmations, guided meditation, micro-actions, practice, self-esteem, singing
I really enjoy certain guided meditations and affirmations and I love them in audio form for when I’m walking the dog or getting ready. I find that when I’m listening to my affirmations, my brain can really run wild “decorating the idea” - I love to embellish it and add on to it the more I listen. Anyway, here is my affirmations for divas track for you to listen to whenever you might need a little more oomph.
November 30th, 2020 | 7 mins 52 secs
classical singing, goal setting, micro actions, music business
There's no such thing as an overnight sensation. Practice imagining everything amazing that could be on your path between here and your overall goals.
November 23rd, 2020 | 15 mins 10 secs
classical singing, micro actions, music business, singer website
Your challenge is to create an accurate and exciting web presence.
November 16th, 2020 | 8 mins 11 secs
classical singing, headshots, micro actions, music business
Headshots are our calling cards. It should look like you and hint at aspects of your personality that you will bring to the stage.
November 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
classical singing, masterclass, music business, opera
It's true! The #KiltedOlive couple is here for a Studio Class Masterclass. Soprano Sharin Apostolou MacPherson and tenor Ryan MacPherson talk about building musical interpretive power, knowing when it's time to leave professional singing, and what's keeping them hopeful right now.
November 2nd, 2020 | 17 mins 5 secs
auditions, classical singing, music business
The most sublime comment I have ever heard from an audition panel was, “Wow. She really came to play…” Simply put, the audition is the best of your preparation actualized. The better the preparation – the better the audition.
October 26th, 2020 | 9 mins 38 secs
classical singing, micro actions, music business, recording session
Having good audio and video documentation is a necessity in this business. Schedule your next recording session today.