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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Amber Zuniga replied to Claudia Friedlander's discussion Young Artist Programs: Narrowing Down the Options in the group Voice Studio
"Great post! Thank you for attaching the link from Opera America!"
20 hours ago
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

Young Artist Programs: Narrowing Down the Options

Our previous post described the variety of Young Artist Programs and the types of training they offer. In this post, I will offer guidelines for deciding which programs are right for you and strategies for making successful applications.  Assess Your Needs & Readiness While Young Artist Programs vary greatly in size, duration, and repertoire specialization, I find it helpful to view them as serving one of two significant training missions:Programs that help singers transition from the completion of formal training to a professional solo careerPrograms that provide in-depth training in order to prepare singers for the next level of their education or to qualify for a top-tier YAP Some programs serve both missions. The …See More
Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs: How You Can Best Apply Yourselves

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs represent significant investments of your time, money, and other resources. The options are many and varied, so making a choice can prove daunting. It is therefore vital that you research your options as thoroughly as possible, as well as to reflect on your own educational priorities and preferred learning style. Our previous post on this topic delved into the different kinds of experiences and resources you should expect to find at conservatories, universities, and liberal arts colleges. This post will offer guidelines for deciding what type of degree program will best suit your needs, defining the goals you hope to achieve by the completion of your degree, and evaluating the ability of a given institution to help you meet those goals.Before exploring programs at either the undergraduate or graduate level, it’s important to assess your current skills and educational needs in order to determine whether the schools you’re considering align…See More
Jul 20
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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
Jun 22

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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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