Host of Studio Class
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.
Megan Ihnen has hosted 94 Episodes.
Episode 14: Brand Yourself - Personal Branding for Divas
August 6th, 2017 | 27 mins 16 secs
branding, classical singing, opera, personal brand, singer
Personal branding is important for singers because you are your own business. In this episode, we'll go over some activities that you can do to understand your personal brand better.
Episode 13: Build A Diva
July 30th, 2017 | 27 mins 10 secs
bio, classical singing, epk, press kit, resume, singer
Your digital press kit (often also called an electronic press kit or EPK) is meant to collate important information about you as a singer for presenters, applications, and media professionals.
Episode 12: Make It Rain: Your Network = Your Net Worth
April 2nd, 2017 | 25 mins 42 secs
classical singing, communications, diva, networking
In this 12th episode, we’re going back to my “Rainmaker’s Guide to Music Business” lecture and diving into the network portion.
Episode 11: Goal Setting for Your Diva Life
March 19th, 2017 | 16 mins 23 secs
classical singing, diva, goal-setting, metrics, opera
Goal setting is all about milestones. Let's discover where you are and what's left to tackle.
Episode 10: Leveling Up - Diva Style
March 12th, 2017 | 49 mins 36 secs
auditions, classical music, networking, opera singing, performing
This episode comes from a music business lecture I do called "Make It Rain" and it covers the different stages of your creative career.
Episode 9: Your Practice Plan
February 26th, 2017 | 34 mins 4 secs
classical singing, intrinsic motivation, memorization techniques, opera, setting intentions
In this 9th episode, I’m gonna take a little different path. I’m going to just talk about some things that I’ve been mentioning in the studio. I work with singers of all different ages and abilities and motivation and practicing are universal.
Episode 8: Kicking Perfectionism to the Curb
February 19th, 2017 | 17 mins
classical singing, opera, overpreparing, perfectionism, under-doing
In this episode, I want to talk about the dangers of perfectionism. Perfectionism can manifest in a couple of ways and we’re going to talk about over-doing and under-doing as a couple of things to watch out for as well as how to accept both failure and success as part of the path.
Episode 7: The Post-Show Schmooze
February 12th, 2017 | 19 mins 20 secs
audience development, classical singing, networking, opera, schmooze
Get your post-show schmooze on, divas, with this quick and fun punchlist! This Studio Class episode helps you decipher what an audience member or performer can do to up their schmoozing game directly after a performance.
Episode 6: Create Your Singing Team
February 5th, 2017 | 35 mins 53 secs
auditions, classical music, gertrude stein, opera singing, performing, salons, singer
You have heard it said before, “it takes a village.” The simple truth in that statement is that we are only one person and have only 24 hours in a day. When we combine a reliable and skilled team of people the effort can be exponentially broadened.
Episode 5: The Audition is Never Over!
January 29th, 2017 | 26 mins 55 secs
auditions, classical music, opera singing, performing
Observe and learn from those that you find the most charismatic. You do not have to mimic their actions, speaking-style, or look. Simply identify what it is you find most engaging about them and see how you could apply that technique to your own life.
Episode 4: Audition Like You Mean It!
January 22nd, 2017 | 24 mins 57 secs
auditions, classical music, opera singing, performing
If you are one of those poor souls who dreads auditions (as many of us do) make preparation your ally against all anxiety. Auditioning is truly a separate art form than singing or stage performance and it is the place where divas are made. If you can audition well, you can practically take over the world.
Episode 3: Take the Leap!
January 15th, 2017 | 24 mins 57 secs
arts business, opera singing, self permission, taking risks
Be the most successful and happy version of yourself and you will be a light and empower those around you. Let’s talk about self permission and your singing career.
Episode 2: Wobble & Be Brave
January 8th, 2017 | 15 mins 34 secs
brave, classical singing, diva, opera, singer
I want to see you be brave! This is all about looking fear and trepidation in the face and saying, "I can do this." Your goal for today is "act now."
Episode 1: What's a Diva Audit?
January 1st, 2017 | 22 mins 23 secs
arts business, classical singing, diva, diva audit, opera
A good business, whatever its size, must keep good records to measure performance. As your star rises, it is important to take stock of where you are and the goals you have accomplished along the way. Studio Class, like 29 Days to Diva, is all about little challenges designed to help you create a mission, long-term goals, and strategies. Make sure you are getting the most out of your hard work by doing your Diva Audit today.