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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Episode 46: Masterclass - Susan Eichhorn Young
June 24th, 2021 | 54 mins 15 secs
classical music, masterclass, opera, singing, susan eichhorn young
Susan Eichhorn Young is a Canadian soprano, actress, voice-over artist, voice teacher, and writer. Her website reads, "all things voice" and that is the truth!! It is a pleasure to welcome her as a guest for this masterclass episode where we cover Susan's feelings about "finding the singer" rather than making them "fit a mold"; how she focuses on the psyche of the artist; and how to recalibrate when your path goes a different direction than you thought it would. Susan drops so many pearls of wisdom.
Thank you to Josh, Sarah, and Chris for supporting the creation of this episode through their membership in the Sybaritic Camerata's Listening Circle!
Episode 45: Micro Action Monday - Workout like you love yourself
June 14th, 2021 | 13 mins 34 secs
classical singing, exercise, fitness
"Your body is your instrument" and I want you to take care of it with intuitive eating and intuitive movement. Studio Class is a body positive space so this episode is all about finding what YOU need in your life regarding health and wellness to be able to operate at your best.
Episode 44: Masterclass - Jillian Flexner
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.
Episode 43: Masterclass - Dale Trumbore
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/
Episode 42: Micro Action Monday - Study your icons
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.
Episode 41: Micro Action Monday - Evaluate your teacher
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.
Episode 40: Masterclass - Raehann Bryce-Davis
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.
Episode 36: Micro Action Monday - Deal with your debt
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.
Episode 35: Micro Action Monday - Spend on what you love
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.
Episode 34: Micro Action Monday - Track your income
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.
Episode 33: Micro Action Monday - Practice professionalism
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.
Episode 39: Micro Action Monday - Diva Affirmations
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.
Episode 32: Micro Action Monday - See the path between...
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.
Episode 31: Micro Action Monday - Spiff up your website
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.
Episode 30: Micro Action Monday - Get new headshots
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.
Episode 38: Masterclass - Sharin Apostolou MacPherson & Ryan MacPherson
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.