Although YAP Tracker was designed as a service for singers, many of our members use it as a research tool for other related jobs in the field of opera. YAP Tracker contains a component where accompanists can list their availability to play for singer auditions and find out about vocal accompanying positions and competitions, and those on the production side have found it to be a great place to discover new organizations for their own career path.
Considering a training program as an option for the coming summer? Programs abound both in the US and abroad with a wide array of features, faculty and potential. How can one discern the good from the bad from the downright ugly? While many opportunities may offer a positive experience overall (where others don't), choosing the one that is right for any one singer at their particular career stage can be the key to a summer (and your dollars) well spent.
Although YAP Tracker is primarily geared to singers and pianists, a number of directors and conductors use the site as well to keep abreast of companies and information. They often will be asked to write recommendations or serve as references using our customized tools. Here is a post from Heidi Lauren Duke, director, choreographer, audition coach, and YAP Tracker member, about recommendations for singers.
Last week, we shared Part I of our conversation with Chuck Hudson, stage director and master teacher, which covered Chuck's coaching philosophy and tips for success in the audition room. In Part II, Chuck shares his thoughts on putting your best foot forward in performance; he also provides tremendous insight into how best to cultivate your network and sustain your relationships with potential future collaborators and employers.
For those who haven't had the opportunity to work with Chuck Hudson, the following interview gives a glimpse of why he is one of the most sought after coaches and directors around; he has an incredible gift in helping both emerging and established professionals bring their physical presentation to life, both in the audition room and in performance.
It is young artist program application and audition season in the opera world, and many companies require letters of recommendation. We'll explain the process for all YAP Tracker online application options.
How do I find opportunities? This is a question that tops the list for most singers. While of course we recommend subscribing to YAP Tracker, doing so alone may not fill the gaps in every schedule. Piecing together a seasons worth of work and opportunities may require more than one trick in a singers bag; here are some recommendations.