Why pay to sing?
Opera Susquehanna is right there with you when you throw up your hands in frustration and say "WHY am I still PAYING to sing? WHAT is the end game?
First of all, don't let anyone tell you that you are doing something WRONG. There are benefits to doing Pay to Sings.
Like an Olympic athlete, singers must continuously train in context. Waiting around for that perfect professional engagement may not be the best decision. Our field is one of the most competitive in the world. You must keep fit, you must be seen doing what you do. You must show companies you are willing to invest the time and effort.
A painting, sculpting or photographic artist spends thousands on supplies and publicity each year. Essentially pay-to-sing programs like Opera Susquehanna are part of your supply costs as an artist and business.
The connections you make and experience you build at programs like Opera Susquehanna DO lead to work. Either at major opera companies, faculty at colleges/universities, private studio growth, or working as faculty at programs like Opera Susquehanna. The quality work you do, the level of professionalism you exhibit, the dynamic performances you offer add up to a profession.
If you are a free-lancer, the tax write offs you accumulate from doing programs like Opera Susquehanna can really help come tax time!
Network expansion is not easy when you live on an island. Doing programs like Opera Susquehanna allow you to meet other artists for collaborations and advancing up the operatic totem pole!