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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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What To Do on a Performance Day

What To Do on a Performance Day

(p.160) 50 What To Do on a Performance Day
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the things that a student singer should do and not do on a performance day. Student performers are asked to take on tasks that would floor a seasoned professional. Voice teachers should take all means within their power to protect students on performance days. They should initiate institutional policies that permit absences from classes on days when major performances are to take place. The worst thing a student can do is not sing a note until performance time. Vocalization is very important in preparation. In general, not just before performance days, sleep is an absolute essential for the singer, because singing is an athletic event. The student should also not arrive at the hall just in time to perform. Even if there is no costuming, he or she should get to the hall half an hour in advance of the performance. Furthermore, the singer should avoid becoming entangled in preperformance rituals.

Keywords:   student singer, performance, vocalization, sleep, singing

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