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Ask the Hard Questions
Sylvia McClain
Audition Connection

More than ever, a large amount of help and advice about auditioning is available to young singers the United States. Web sites, magazines, workshops, institutes, summer programs, and other forums for information provide a great deal of insight into the auditioning process. Searching for all of this information may obscure some basic areas of preparation that are less obvious, and often ignored. These are questions that you need to ask yourself as soon and as often as possible. You will need to answer them over and over again in every stage of your training, and continue asking them throughout your career.

About the Author: Sylvia McClain is an associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Connecticut. Dr. McClain has had a distinguished career as a performer and a scholar both in Germany and the United States. She has taught voice at Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Howard Payne University. She is a graduate of Indiana University, and she received her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Barbara Honn.

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