After entering college for Instrumental Music Education, I started taking voice lessons. This was as a "just-in-case" measure: What if I got hired to teach a choir? Clearly, I had no idea just where these lessons would take me. I started entering voice competitions for fun, and won most of them. By the time I was in undergrad, I decided that a career in singing was every thing I wanted.
Boy, did I have no idea what that meant! Who knew that getting into Opera was so expensive and extremely competitive? That's just in general, then add that I'm a Soprano, one of the most common voice types in the world!? My work was really cut out for me.
So here we are, I have been accepted into the Miami Music Festival as one of their Apprentice Singers. I am singing the lead of Dido in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and get the opportunity to work with people from LA Opera, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, and the MET. Not too shabby, right? Well, I can only do this with your help!
What kind of donation am I asking for? Nothing crazy, since I know we all have bills to pay, and mouths to feed. However, if all of my friends on Facebook donated just $5 I would have more than enough to take this big first step through that daunting door of an Opera Career. Only $5! One less coffee in a month. Now if you feel compelled to give more than $5, you are more than welcome to. I remember my mom saying, "many hands make light work". So I'm asking for every one's help!
This money will go towards travel expenses, room and board, and the fees to work with world renowned artists, teachers, and coaches. It only takes a few of these connections to really get the ball rolling, but the only way to get these connections is by making it to the festival.
I thank you all for the support you are showing me now, and what you have shown me in the past. I'm so lucky to have awesome friends and families surrounding me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
- Jonathan Stamp
- Nathaniel Darling
- Benjamin Berg
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