Claudia Friedlander
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  • New York, NY
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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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The Right Song at the Right Time

Performance Opportunities and Repertoire for High School Singers High school singers: What was it that first attracted you to the study of classical music? Perhaps it was participation in a choral program, attending a concert or opera, or some wonderful singing you heard in a film or in a video you came across online. You may have friends or family members who sing or appreciate this repertoire, who encouraged you to develop your voice. Or, like me, perhaps you learned to play an instrument while still in elementary or middle school and became interested in singing when your voice began to take on increased range, resonance and focus.  While it is possible to begin learning healthy singing technique at any age, singers often do not begin serious vocal study until their early teens, when the physical changes that commence during puberty begin to provide your voices with greater stability. These changes are significant. Over a period of six months to three years, girls’ larynges will…See More
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Jun 7
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

Master Classes: World-Class Advice Delivered to Your Laptop

This is a fantastic era in which to be a teacher. Online resources and social media have made it swift and easy to provide educational content to a wide audience and facilitate discussion among students. While there is no substitute for one-on-one musical instruction, the ability to share resources to support practice and augment understanding enables us to help our students accelerate their progress and provide them with additional motivation. Master class videos are great examples of such resources. Revered opera singers such as Joyce DiDonato and Jessye Norman have a wealth of expertise to bestow upon their younger colleagues but only a limited amount of time they can devote to sharing it. Inviting artists to give public master classes which are also recorded and made available online gives them infinite reach. Singers anywhere in the world with a computer and reliable wifi can benefit from their wisdom and can access it at will. The process of acquiring technique is necessarily…See More
Jun 7
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

What Does It Mean to Be Ready?

“Readiness” means different things at different points in your education and career. At all stages, what matters most is that you strive for an awareness of your current level of skill, experience and understanding, ideas and advice to help you seek out the opportunities that will get you to the next stage, and not only acceptance of but also pride in what you have achieved so far. The development of artistry cannot be rushed, so enjoy the learning process and seek the tools and experiences that best align well with where you are right now.  Undergraduate Studies: Be a Sponge Readiness as an undergraduate performance major means the ability to approach your training with a proactive, hungry, and integrative attitude. Many of the habits and strategies that helped you earn good grades in high school are less useful for your practical and creative development as an artist. Remember that you are not there primarily to earn grades and make progress towards your degree but rather to access…See More
May 25

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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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