WHEN SINGING HURTS

a blog in progress by Carol Baggott-Forte

Since 1976, Carol Forte has taught many of Canada’s prominent singers of opera, classical music, music theatre and popular recording artists, offering special attention to vocal health and in-depth psychology of the artist. WHEN SINGING HURTS is a blog for teachers and singers who may offer comments and post questions with Ms. Baggott-Forte. This project will discuss a variety of vocal difficulties and their remedies. It will also explore the emotional temperament of the artist, how it affects performance and what a big role “politics” play in the profession.

It is a blog intended to help artists see themselves, help themselves and redeem difficult experiences with others encountered over the course of a singing career.

If you are a singer working in or towards a professional career in the above-mentioned vocal disciplines, you may help with this project by bringing forward your own particular vocal or personal problems within the business of singing.

Here are some examples of information that Ms. Baggott-Forte will address on the blog:

  • TECHNICAL VOCAL PROBLEMS: loss of range, power, flexibility or inability to sing fully or quietly, vocal changes due to age or hormonal shifts.
  • MEDICAL PROBLEMS: nodules, polyps, edema, allergies, acid-reflux.
  • EDUCATIONAL: teachers and coaches who misguide singers, staying with a teacher out of loyalty when one should have moved on.
  • POLITICAL: not being able to be honest with teachers, managers, directors, recording engineers, when they make false demands on the voice for fear of losing a job or being black-balled; do sexual politics interfere with your engagements?
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL: how singers handle the results of any of the above criteria; when singing is not a positive experience; insomnia, poor memory, neurosis, stage fright, etc…

Singers may of course request to post anonymously (no credit) or partial anonymity. Since this blog is also intended as a guide for young aspiring artists, it would be helpful if some of those making biographical statements were of high profile and willing to be quoted.

Thank you for reading this web site. Please pass this information on to other professional singers or students you may know.

Carol Forte

Recent Entries

Qualities of voice.

October 26, 2012

As I finish up my first week of 50 out of 100 lessons in Bremen, Germany, I realize that there are certain elements of voice we can never explain in certain rationalities, voices that break the rules and stimulate the … Continue reading

The Vagus Nerve and the Larynx

September 21, 2012

My old Maestro, Cornelius Reid often said, “destroy the voice; destroy the psyche.  Restore the voice; restore the Psyche.” While my intuition and previous vocal conditions told me this was a remarkable fact rather than fiction, I could not come … Continue reading





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