Studio Class

The Sybaritic Singer

About the show

Let me be your diva sidekick when it comes to staying focused and extra sparkly in your singing career.

Megan Ihnen is a professional mezzo-soprano, teacher, writer, and arts entrepreneur who is passionate about helping other musicians and creative professionals live their best lives.

Studio Class is an outgrowth of her popular #29DaystoDiva series from The Sybaritic Singer blog. Did you feel like you simply ran out of time during studio class to talk about some of the necessary business elements of your career? Do not despair, divas! This podcast is meant for you!

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Episodes

  • Episode 17: How To Change The World Through Classical Music - Part II

    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.

  • Episode 16: How To Change The World Through Classical Music

    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?”

  • Episode 15: What Are Your Diva Metrics?

    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?"

  • 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."