Megan Ihnen is a mezzo-soprano on a mission to change the world through the commissioning, performance, and proliferation of new music. She has collaborated with individuals and ensembles around the globe including: International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Rhymes With Opera, and Synchromy. She is deeply committed to the belief that new music should be performed and loved in communities of all sizes. Megan’s advocacy for music and musicians extends beyond the performance stage. She also effects change as a non-profit arts coach and consultant. She is currently the executive director of the Live Music Project which advocates for connecting people with live early music, classical, and new music experiences in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies local arts resources. You have also likely interacted with her work for Nief-Norf, New Music USA, and many individual artists throughout classical and new music. Megan’s work at the intersection of performance, creative placemaking, audience development, and music entrepreneurship is a delight to her clients and colleagues.
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.
October 19th, 2020 | 7 mins 4 secs
classical singing, community-building, music business, networking
"I read for growth, firmly believing the what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read." - Twyla Tharp - The Creative Habit
October 14th, 2020 | 12 mins 28 secs
arts coaching, classical singing, micro actions, music business
Megan shares the audio from a recent Fri-YAY video all about the importance of "applied business lessons." You might have spent upwards of $20,000 in applied lessons in voice, composition, or on your instrument. How much have you invested in your business knowledge?
October 5th, 2020 | 16 mins 6 secs
classical singing, community-building, music business, networking
Put yourself out there and deepen your community ties. Make plans to meet someone new at a virtual (or in person) concert!
September 28th, 2020 | 21 mins 19 secs
bios, classical singing, music business
Your bio is a music business document designed to inspire interest in your product/service. Focus on writing your bios for the decision makers you are trying to collaborate with and impress. The bio is an exercise in writing a beautifully balanced portrait of yourself as a musician.
September 21st, 2020 | 15 mins 31 secs
classical singing, music business, resumes
Your goal is to make your résumé be the best first impression of your skill, training, and your professionalism.
September 14th, 2020 | 12 mins 58 secs
Determine your best practice style and then make time for it in your schedule.
August 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
teaching, voice lessons, voice studio
Megan Ihnen visited Hillary LaBonte's vocal pedagogy class at Bowling Green State University in Fall 2018 to discuss running a private voice studio. Thank you to Dr. LaBonte for the invitation and to her students for their excellent questions.
If you're interested in inviting Megan to record an episode with your studio, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].
July 1st, 2019 | 30 mins 16 secs
Sybaritic Singer & Studio Class founder, Megan Ihnen, talks with students from UNLV's voice department about figuring out the balance of singer life.
May 13th, 2018 | 47 mins 59 secs
achievement, arts entrepreneurship, classical singing, new music, opera, setting goals, success metrics, success workbook
"Performance begins with focusing on outcomes instead of activities. In my experience, most people do the reverse. They concentrate their efforts on the pursuit of activities instead of outcomes." Tired of the relentless busy-ness of being a musician? Let's re-focus on outcomes and avoid the temptation of mindless activity, divas, with the help of Douglas K. Smith's book "Make Success Measurable! A Mindbook-Workbook for Setting Goals and Taking Action."
May 6th, 2018 | 38 mins 6 secs
audience building, creative placemaking, new music, opera
Today, we’re relying on the wisdom of Barbara Townley and Nic Beech in their book “Managing Creativity: Exploring the Paradox.” This episode covers topics such as audience building in opera and new music, collaborative creativity, creative placemaking, and how user-generated content means that audiences have different expectations of artistic experiences.
April 29th, 2018 | 42 mins 29 secs
classical singing, composers, music business, new music, opera
In this we’re taking a different approach. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new episode and I want to tell you about that. Then, we’re going to rely on the wisdom of Ellen Highstein and her book “Making Music in Looking Glass Land” to help us get “a lay of the land” for us that are out there performing and composing our little hearts out.
BURNOUT IS A B****. LET’S AVOID IT. article for NewMusicBox - https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/burnout-is-a-b-lets-avoid-it/
August 27th, 2017 | 25 mins 23 secs
change the world, classical music, new music, opera, singing, social justice, voice
I’m attempting to answer one of my own big questions, “How Do You Change The World Through Classical Music?” Yes. It’s a hefty topic. I have had this nagging feeling that I need to devote some of my attention to how my art can be a force for good and world events don’t seem to be slowing that need or quieting that internal voice at all. It’s getting louder and more insistent. Divas, not only do I want to help you make it rain in your business but I want to help you change the world while you’re at it.
August 20th, 2017 | 19 mins 51 secs
change the world, classical music, diva, music education, music therapy, opera, voice
In this episode, I’m attempting to answer one of my own big questions, “How Do You Change The World Through Classical Music?”
August 13th, 2017 | 25 mins 17 secs
choosing goals, classical singing, micro actions, new music, opera, singer goals, singer metrics
In this 15th episode, I’m answering a listener question! Mary, who goes by the artist name Alarke, asked me, “What metrics do you use to monitor your growth and how often do you check them? Do you outsource help?"