Classical Singer Magazine: The Brand of Brancy

Baritone John Brancy is featured in the January/February issue of Classical Singer Magazine. Click here to read it all. Here’s a snippet:

I used to dread learning music and spending hours just to learn a few lines. Now that my musicianship has greatly improved and I continue to learn many styles of music, I find it very comforting and I feel that bringing a sense of joy and curiosity to the act of music-learning really helps speed up the process and solidify what you are working on. As a rule for me, I always perform recitals from memory—one time I had one week to memorize the entirety of 20-plus songs. One effective method of memorization is writing the poem and its translation out several times until it’s entirely locked in. It can feel like you’re stuck in a time warp, but this is one of the most effective methods of memorizing within a short timeframe.
*note: the graphic was composed by us, not an official cover.