The following article was written by Clea Simon, and first appeared in the Harvard Gazette on February 1, 2017.
On Sunday, Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson will lead a performance of his groundbreaking choral work “Considering Matthew Shepard” at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
The piece, composed in honor of the gay University of Wyoming student who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998, is dramatic and moving simply by the nature of its genre-crossing stylistic outreach. But this particular performance of the fusion oratorio promises to be even more so.
The following article was written by Sarah Whitten, voice teacher in the Holden Voice Program at Harvard, and appeared in The Opera Stage's Guest Blog on January 15, 2017.
Many singers will avoid doing any core exercises in the interest of having total flexibility of their abdominal area. Other singers will do core exercises in an attempt to strengthen musculature that they know is connected to vocal production. And, still a third group considers what they do as classically-trained singers to be adequate work for the abs and leave it at that.