Claudia Friedlander
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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I am a:
Teacher, Teaching Artist, Performing Artist
My school is:
The Liberated Voice
My style(s) of music:
Classical, Heavy Metal, Musical Theater, Opera, Rock
I am interested in:
Multimedia Projects, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Clarinet, Voice
More about me:
I'm a classically trained soprano, and I've performed in opera and recital throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Career highlights include performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung and the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Tosca. I created the role of Gabrielle Martin in Paul Mathews’ opera Chatter & Static, and I've been featured in concerts of the Consortium of Vermont Composers. I've participated in summer festivals at Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood.

These days I perform recitals several times a year, but my primary focus is teaching singing. I maintain a busy private studio in New York City, and I have more than 15 years of experience teaching singing technique to professionals and amateurs who perform everything from opera to Persian classical music to death metal. I earned my BA in Music at Bennington College, MM degrees in both Voice and Clarinet Performance at Peabody Conservatory, and a DMus in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at McGill University.

I've also been a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall for the past four years. I work in elementary, middle-school, and high-school classrooms teaching a variety of curricula developed by Carnegie.

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Scott Stewart replied to Claudia Friedlander's discussion How to Make a Great Demo Recording in the group Voice Studio
"Hi Claudia, Been a while since I've posted, but I wanted to add a couple of things as far as DIY recording goes. The cost has come down considerably with the release of recording software such as Reaper. Its under $100 and does…"
Oct 12
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

Making a Video Audition Demo: A Visit to the Recording Studio

Performance degree and Young Artist Programs increasingly request video demos, rather than audio, as part of their screening process to select which singers they will invite for a live audition. I joined soprano Virginia Barney and sound engineer Jeremy Gerard for a demo recording session to explore how to create videos that show panels what they need to see in order to make such decisions.   The closer a video demo is to what a panel would experience in a live audition, the more useful it is for them. Frame your videos to include as much of your body as possible, and always position your camera with a horizontal rather than vertical orientation. Creating a demo video also provides the singer with a useful practice session for live auditions, as it enables them to see how they come across visually and adjust their presentation as needed.  As Virginia performed Sophie’s “Presentation of the Rose” aria, I noticed that she was engaging in some unintentional physical movement that was at…See More
Oct 11
Claudia Friedlander commented on Carnegie Hall's group Voice Studio
"Hi Emily! What a warm and beautiful voice you have! Thanks for sharing this video here. You asked specifically about placement and expression, but I feel that these two aspects of singing are things at which you already excel. I equate placement…"
Oct 4
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

Social Media: Creating Community & Keeping in Touch

How do you keep friends, colleagues and fans up to date on your performances and other news? Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook provide simple, effective tools for building community, promoting performances, and offering a window on your backstage and offstage activities. Social media platforms are highly adaptable. You can use them to share as much or as little of your life as you wish. Some performers reserve their accounts for strictly professional use, while others use them to promote causes that are important to them or discuss hobbies and other extra-musical activities. They provide a friendly way to interact with fans while maintaining whatever level of privacy is important to you.  Here are a few of my favorite social media savvy opera singers. Feel free to post links to your own accounts in the comments section and share your thoughts on using social media to further your creative and professional agendas! …See More
Sep 27

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At 12:06pm on August 19, 2014, Hillary said…

Sure, will do! (I think my phone kicked it to the front page.)  Thanks!

At 8:11pm on August 6, 2014, Jonathan Gaby said…

Hi Claudia! Thank you for the welcome! I already see a lot of value in this site and I hope others do as well! Thanks for creating it!

At 8:37am on July 12, 2014, Edward Rivera said…

Ms. Friedlander

Thank you so much for showing me how to join. Forgive my ignorance, but what do I do from here? Do I download me singing? or do I take a trip to meet and be part of the Voice Studio?

At 6:29pm on July 11, 2014, Edward Rivera said…

Ms. Friedlander

How does one join the Voice Studio?

At 9:33am on June 6, 2014, Emmalouise St. Amand said…

Thank Claudia!

At 6:30pm on June 5, 2014, Sharon Alexander said…

Thank you Claudia!  I was a music major at Catholic (MM in Vocal Pedagogy).  I am looking forward to participating in the Voice Studio!

At 2:45pm on May 6, 2014, Shelly Gage said…

Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.

At 10:59am on May 6, 2014, Shelly Gage said…

Hi, Claudia! Thank you very much. As of right now, I do not compose choral music. However, this could change in the future. The piano music I compose is very much inspired by the choral setting. Many of the chord voicings I use, as well as the harmonic and melodic lines, are influenced by the way the music would be set up for a group of singers. I've spent a lot of time performing with a chorus and taking private classical voice lessons. Singing isn't my first talent, but the repertoire definitely helps my composition.

At 8:35pm on April 20, 2014, James Jabez Min said…

Hello. Thank you for greeting me. How do I share? I started a Youtube Channel so if you let me know I can share the link possibly. 

At 11:21pm on April 10, 2014, Erin Keblinsky said…

The music program is still going good at Doherty. We actually just had our spring musical, we performed "Guys and Dolls", and i was a dancer and singer. 

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Opera: A Balance of Vocalism, Drama & Spectacle

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 10:22am 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Opera's (New York) new Ring Cycle (Wagner) productions are all designed around an enormous, sophisticated and malleable mechanical set known as The Machine. You can see its exciting and versatile potential for yourself in the trailer Deutsche Grammophone produced for its DVDs of the four-opera set. 



It looks quite stunning in…


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