Skip to main content
Modern Singer

Modern Singer

By Modern Singer, LLC

We know this business is hard and we are here to help! Modern Singer is a career-focused podcast aimed to inspire singers navigating the music business in today's world.

We provide free episodes and articles focused on singer self-care, audition resources, business-related entertainment, travel resources, repertoire suggestions, and more. Join us as we conduct interviews with established industry professionals to arm you with current, high-level knowledge, and download our free and paid resources to help you on your journey.

New episodes biweekly.
Listen on Spotify
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

14: Setting Your Voice Studio up for Success

Modern Singer

1x
Trailer: Season 2
Trailer: Season 2
Get ready for Season 2! We have so many great things planned for you, are you ready?! Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
00:56
January 26, 2023
26: How to Pair your PFOs This Season!
26: How to Pair your PFOs This Season!
Rejection season is upon us but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world! This week, we’re reading submitted PFOs and rejection letters to see just how wild some companies have gotten over the last few years! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. We’ll see y’all back here in February! Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
34:28
December 10, 2022
25: Ways to Support Your Mental Health During PFO Season
25: Ways to Support Your Mental Health During PFO Season
Rejection season is upon us but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world! This week, we have some awesome tips for you on ways to bounce back from a rejection letter. Shop our Black Friday weekend sale on Etsy for 25% off EVERYTHING! Don’t forget: it’s your last chance to submit your PFOs for our last episode of the year! Email your PFOs to info@modern-singer.com OR submit your stories HERE! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: Insight Timer App I am Affirmations App Get Past Job Search Rejection by Monster 6 Ways to Deal When You’re Rejected from a Job by ReachOut Eight Ways To Cope And Rebound From Constant Rejection In Your Job Search And Career by Forbes Finding Neutral: Shaping Perspectives Finding Neutral: Healthline Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
41:01
November 26, 2022
24: Getting Organized with Kay at The Organized Soprano
24: Getting Organized with Kay at The Organized Soprano
If you know you know, but if you don’t, Ellen and Alyssa LOVE organizing! So, who better than to bring onto the podcast but Kay from The Organized Soprano?! We’re talking all things about how to live your most organized life as a singer today in a busy world and some priorities and advice straight from Kay. Don’t forget to submit your PFOs for our last episode of the year! Email your PFOs to info@modern-singer.com OR submit your stories HERE! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: The Organized Soprano Check out Kay’s YouTube Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa MORE ABOUT KAY: I am Kay also known as The Organized Soprano on YouTube! I make fun videos about home organizing, cleaning and my life as a professional classical singer in Boston, Massachusetts! I am also a professional home organization and clutter coach. My YouTube videos inspire others to live a more organized life by showing them practical and creative ways to organize every room in their home as well as change the way they think about their living space. My co-star Clover, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the most organized dog in America. As a former long-time Container Store employee and contract employee, I am familiar with many fantastic home products and brands. I have worked with great brands and publications such as Marriott, HomeChef, Shark, Real Simple, Extra Space Storage, Better Homes & Gardens, Cricut & ZEP. As a family-friendly lifestyle brand, I make fun and informative content about the best home and organization products on the market. Holding two degrees in Classical Vocal Performance from Boston Conservatory and Longy School of Music, I still have an active singing career in the Boston area. I have performed with groups such as Connecticut Early Music Festival, BMOP, Opera Providence, Cantata Singers, Back Bay Chorale and Odyssey Opera. Let me inspire and entertain you and help you live a more organized life!
33:18
November 12, 2022
23: Superstitions of the Opera World
23: Superstitions of the Opera World
Happy Halloween, Modern Singers! This week, Ellen and Alyssa are talking all things backstage superstition. What’s your superstition before a show? Don’t forget to submit your PFOs for our last episode of the year! Email your PFOs to info@modern-singer.com OR submit your stories HERE! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: Anon PFO Submissions Playbill on Ghost Lights NPR Seattle Opera Opera Vivra FlorenceItaly.org Superstitions of the Opera World Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
23:37
October 29, 2022
22: Audition Season Breakdown - Navigating the NYC Train System
22: Audition Season Breakdown - Navigating the NYC Train System
Did someone say transit?! This week, Editing Alyssa is taking us through the New York City train stops and how to get to your audition locations! Why is the episode so short? Mercury was in the microwave when we recorded. We’ll see you soon! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: Anon PFO Submissions OMNY Accounts Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
07:10
October 15, 2022
21: Audition Season Breakdown - Planning Your Audition Tour
21: Audition Season Breakdown - Planning Your Audition Tour
Welcome to part two of our Audition Season Breakdown series! You’ve already submitted all your pre-screens and put everything into your audition tracker so now let’s prep for the auditions themselves! This week, we’re talking all things planning - everything from packing to parking, we’ve been there! Have questions you want answered? Shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: Audition Season Tracker Branding Workbook Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Join our newsletter Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
43:34
October 01, 2022
20: Audition Season Breakdown - What is a YAP?
20: Audition Season Breakdown - What is a YAP?
Are you ready for audition season?! Whether you’re an old hat or new on the circuit, we’ve got you covered! This week, we’re breaking down YAPs from what they are to how they fit in your career path. This is just part one of our three-part series! Have questions you want answered shoot us a DM on Instagram or submit a topic request on our website. Resources from the Episode: Opera America YAP Guide Audition Season Tracker Let’s get social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
30:02
September 15, 2022
19: Organizing Your Audition Season: Prep for Success
19: Organizing Your Audition Season: Prep for Success
Audition season is right around the corner! We’re talking all things prep and track today on the Modern Singer podcast. From what and why to how, we’re starting an audition prep series for the next few episodes. Have a specific topic you want us to cover? Let us know! Resources from the episode: Audition Tracker Branding Workbook Use code MEZZO103 to save $10 on your first year's YAP Tracker membership Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
39:45
September 02, 2022
18: Preview - Learn Your Music the Right Way Workbook
18: Preview - Learn Your Music the Right Way Workbook
Join Ellen and Alyssa this week with just a touch of chaos as they start to scratch the surface of the Modern Singer Learn Your Music the Right Way Workbook (shop...?) Want to learn more? Check out the Workbook in our Etsy shop! Resources: Learn Your Music the Right Way Workbook Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
18:27
August 05, 2022
17: Life Chats & Organizing Your Music for Auditions, Teaching, and Beyond
17: Life Chats & Organizing Your Music for Auditions, Teaching, and Beyond
Join Ellen and Alyssa this week in a life chat on everything from house renos to why getting a degree doesn’t have to limit your life choices. Later, we talk all about how to organize your music for auditions, teaching, and more to set yourself up for success wherever you are! Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
01:07:55
July 08, 2022
16: Singer Wellness is more than just Physical Wellness
16: Singer Wellness is more than just Physical Wellness
Singer wellness is more than just physical wellness. Take some time this week to prioritize and organize your needs! Whether it’s time for yoga, meditation, grocery shopping, laundry, or something else, take the time you need today to set yourself up for success in your life off the stage. Resources from the episode: 7 Healthy Habits When You Feel Stuck 5 Long-term Habits for Optimal Vocal Health How to Make time for Yourself An Ode to Sleep Google Calendar Aesthetic pt 1 Google Calendar Aesthetic pt 2 5 Minute Journal Red light for your iPhone Download F.Lux for your computer Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
26:24
June 23, 2022
15: Questions to Ask A New Voice Teacher or Coach
15: Questions to Ask A New Voice Teacher or Coach
Finding a new coach or teacher can be a huge stressor no matter what part of your career you’re in. Get prepared for your next steps with some of the questions Ellen, Alyssa, and Fortissimo raised this week! What are you looking forward to discussing next? Resources from the episode: Grad School Step One: Find A Teacher Top Tips We Wish We Knew Before Starting School 7 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Singing Teacher Is Your Voice Teacher the Right Fit for You? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself 5 Questions to Ask a Prospective Singing Coach Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
23:18
June 09, 2022
14: Setting Your Voice Studio up for Success
14: Setting Your Voice Studio up for Success
We’ve gone over the basics, so now let’s dive in deeper. This week, we’re going into some more details about how to set up your voice studio for success! Ellen and Alyssa talk all things goals, planning, money, and did we mention goals?! Yeah, 100%. Resources from the episode: Voice Studio Contract Template How to Balance Your Teaching and Singing Careers Planning Your Studio for the School Year Social Media for Your Teaching Studio Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
26:10
May 26, 2022
13: Breaking Down Musical Theatre Auditions
13: Breaking Down Musical Theatre Auditions
Learning how to audition for a new style of theatre can be overwhelming. This week, we’re delving into what it means to audition for musical theatre. Break out your dancing shoes and let’s get to work! Resources from the episode: Backstage Discount YAP Tracker Discount - use code MEZZO7103 6 things to think about when crossing over Stop music shaming! Why it’s okay to be a well-versed performer Rock it! Sing what you sing best Audition selection breakdowns with Actor Aesthetic Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
44:02
May 12, 2022
12: The Basics of Starting Your Own Voice Studio
12: The Basics of Starting Your Own Voice Studio
Have you been looking for a new source of income? Think about opening your own private voice studio! This week, we’re covering all the basics from how to advertise and find students, finding the right space for you, building your contracts, and more! Want to know more about something specific? Drop a comment or shoot us a DM! Resources from the episode: Your Private Voice Studio: From The Beginning How LLCs are Taxed Rocket Lawyer: Businesses and Contracts Establishing a Sole Proprietorship Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
19:43
April 28, 2022
11: Creating Your Own Opportunities
11: Creating Your Own Opportunities
A lot of performers, ourselves included, have faced some burnout when it comes to performing over the last few years. When it comes to opportunities, they’ve been slim, to say the least! This week we’re talking all things how to make your own opportunities to start getting yourself motivated again!  Resources from the episode: How To Thrive When Conservatory Casting Doesn’t Go Your Way Create Your Own Opportunities Workbook What to Do When You're Not Working Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
21:00
April 14, 2022
10: The Importance of Crossover Featuring Songs for a New Week
10: The Importance of Crossover Featuring Songs for a New Week
As more and more companies around the world add musical styles to their seasons, it’s important to delve into what it means to be a crossover performer. Whether it’s musical theatre, Zarzuela, jazz, or another style of music, knowing how they all interact and entwine is key to being at the top of your game. This week, we invited friends of the podcast, Megan and Brennan, from Songs for a New Week for their Crossover Coffee Break! Resources from the episode: Songs for a New Week Instagram Songs for a New Week Facebook Group Six Things to Think About When Considering Crossover Stop Music-Shaming! Why it’s Okay to be a Well-Versed Performer Let’s Get Social: Support the podcast Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
25:58
March 31, 2022
9: Finding Your Side Hustle
9: Finding Your Side Hustle
Finding a side hustle to support your career can be difficult. Here are a few ways we like to supplement our singing careers! What’s your favorite? Resources from the episode: Voice Overs Freelance Writing Jobs Modern Singer Budget Bundle Side Hustles for the Professional Singer Conquer Your Side Hustle in Three Easy Steps 5 Summer Hustles Even if You’re in a YAP What to do when you’re not working Let’s Get Social: Modern Singer book club Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
24:13
March 17, 2022
8: Nailing Your Post-Pandemic Auditions with Ann Baltz
8: Nailing Your Post-Pandemic Auditions with Ann Baltz
Auditions can mean nerves, nerves, and more nerves! Originally posted in July 2021, we sat down with Ann Baltz to talk about all things auditions to help you nail your post-pandemic live auditions!    ANN'S LINKS:  Ann's Website  Shop Ann's Card Sets Pastiche Opera Film: BELONGING  Richie’s Aria (musically improvised) from The Discord Altar  OperaWorks “Audition Jitters” [Ep. 1]  OperaWorks “Audition Fearless” [Ep. 2]:  OperaWorks YouTube Channel  Let’s Get Social:  Modern Singer book club   Follow us on social media  Search our website Check out our Shop    Follow Ellen     Follow Alyssa     Ann Baltz is recognized as one of the leading opera educators in America. As OperaWorksTM founder and former artistic director, her revolutionary holistic approach to singer training was the first of its kind. Her teaching encompasses the musical, dramatic, vocal, physical, psychological, and entrepreneurial aspects of performers. Musical improvisation is a mainstay of her work as a tool for releasing musicians' innate musical and dramatic talents. The success of these methods has been documented in a two-year study published in the “International Journal of Music Education”.   Deeply committed to advocating for social justice through the arts, Baltz creates and directs new pastiche operas nationwide on current issues such as homelessness, immigration, and disinformation. For OperaWorks’™ she created the Arts for Social Awareness Project to produce original opera/theater performances to bring a human face to social issues. She was nominated by the NAACP as Best Music Director for her production of The Discord Altar, addressing homelessness. She is the recipient of the Red Carpet Award from “Women In Theatre” recognizing her outstanding achievements in theater in Los Angeles.   Baltz’s diverse career includes roles as assistant conductor, chorus master, and coach-pianist for numerous opera companies; and speaker at national conventions. She is sought after to teach residencies, master classes, and workshops nationwide.  
36:53
March 10, 2022
7: Budgeting for the Modern Singer
7: Budgeting for the Modern Singer
Money can be a hard topic. This week we’re talking about how to make, edit, and stick to your budget! From start to finish, we’re here to help you find your support as a freelancer in the modern world. Resources from the episode: Modern Singer Budget Bundle How to Create a Realistic Budget How to Clean Up Your Back-to-School Budget Budget 101: A Performer’s Guide to Getting Control of Your Money Hell Week on a Budget: A Guide for the Frugal Singer Audition Season 2019: Can You Afford Those Application Fees? The Hidden Cost of Role Preparation How Much Are You Actually Making Let’s Get Social: Modern Singer book club Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
28:16
March 03, 2022
6: The Basics of Social Media for Singers
6: The Basics of Social Media for Singers
We've talked about how to design your brand, now let's talk about how to share it! This week, we’re talking all things social media to get you started. Resources from the Episode: Social Media Workshop A Singer’s Guide to Instagram How to Make Social Media Work for You Tools for Managing an Artistic Career on the Road Creating Your Artist Facebook Page Let’s Get Social: Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
40:49
February 25, 2022
5: Marketing Yourself as a Singer
5: Marketing Yourself as a Singer
Finding your voice as a brand can be hard. Join us this week as we review some of our top tips for marketing yourself as a brand! Resources from the episode: A Brief Overview of Marketing for Classical Singers 5 Marketing Tips for Singers After a Year (or More) Off 5 Free Ways to Get Noticed Create Your Own Brand Oxford Learners Dictionaries Let’s Get Social: Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Modern Singer book club Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
24:44
February 09, 2022
4: Overcoming a Bad Audition
4: Overcoming a Bad Audition
We’ve all had them, and we all hate them. Bad auditions can be difficult to handle so we’re talking about some coping strategies to implement when they inevitably occur. What do you do to get back on your game? Like, review, and subscribe so you never miss an episode! Resources from the episode: What to Do After a Bad Audition A Balancing Act with Analisa Leaming Let’s Get Social: Modern Singer book club Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
11:49
February 01, 2022
3: Preparation from the Practice Room to your Performance Space with Dr. Patricia Au
3: Preparation from the Practice Room to your Performance Space with Dr. Patricia Au
Originally posted in March 2021, we sat down with Dr. Patricia Au, coach and pianist, to talk about all things repertoire! When it comes to putting your best foot forward in any audition or gig, it all comes back to how you prepare. From picking out your package and what is going to highlight your voice the best to how to prepare a role and how to navigate coachings during COVID, join us in our conversation! For more information, visit www.patriciaau.com / or on Instagram @au_patricia   Resources from the episode: Learn Your Music the Right Way Join our Freebie Vault to get access to our Weekly Practice Log Practice Makes Perfect: An Ode to the Practice Log    Let’s Get Social: Modern Singer book club Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa Known for her vivacious energy, Dr. Patricia Au works versatilely as a collaborative pianist, music director, vocal coach, and teaching artist. She has held positions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute, as well as conducted masterclasses at Bucknell University and New World School of the Arts. As music director, she has led productions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, OperaHub, and Boston Opera Collaborative. A frequent interpreter of contemporary music, she has workshopped with living composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina and John Harbison. Dr. Au currently serves as Resident Teaching Artist and Education Pianist with The Boston Lyric Opera where she has a passion for introducing young people to opera as a storytelling art.  She received her DMA in Collaborative Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2017 and her dissertation, “A New Edition of the Piano-Vocal Score of Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back” is available through Bent Pen Music, Inc.
40:32
January 18, 2022
2: Let's talk about repertoire
2: Let's talk about repertoire
There's a lot to think about when you're planning out your audition repertoire. Join us this week as we break down the how-tos of picking out new rep that will serve you best! So you know, Alyssa said there would be a new book club released...it's coming next month instead. Thanks for your patience! Resources from the episode: But What Should I Sing? Tips on Finding a Great Starter Aria For Auditions by BRITTANY TRINITE This Summer: Reboot Your Rep With Robert McPherson by CAROLYN FORTE Ask the Professionals: An Interview with Opera Coach Kathryn Wright by ISAIAH FEKEN 5 Things You Can Do Now to Set Yourself Up for the Fall by REBECCA RICHARDSON Let’s Get Social: Modern Singer book club Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
18:08
January 11, 2022
1: New Year, New Goals
1: New Year, New Goals
It’s that time of year again! A new year means it’s time to figure out your goals! From long-term to short-term and everything in between, we’re talking about how to not only set your New Years' goals but how to achieve them. Resources from the episode: 90-day goal slaying planner Practice logs Personal Goal Setting from MindLogs Let's Get Social: Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
16:32
January 04, 2022
Welcome to the podcast!
Welcome to the podcast!
We know this business is hard and we are here to help! Modern Singer is coming to a new platform as a podcast to help singers build their unique careers in this modern world. To do this, we need your help. Now through December 30, 2021, we’re raising money to help cover the costs of starting this project. Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you to give away your hard-earned cash for nothing!   - If you donate $1, you will get 3 phone wallpapers and 3 desktop wallpapers designed by Alyssa. - If you donate $3, you’ll get access to our budget bundle. - And if you donate $5, you’ll get our Learn Your Music the Right Way Workbook! Donate today right here and don't forget to join us for our very first episode dropping in January, 2022! Follow us on social media Search our website Check out our Shop Follow Ellen Follow Alyssa
06:39
November 27, 2021