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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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Twenty-one Proven Ways to Alienate Competition Judges

Twenty-one Proven Ways to Alienate Competition Judges

54 Twenty-one Proven Ways to Alienate Competition Judges
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter lists twenty-one proven ways to alienate judges in singing competitions. One is to arrive late for the appointed time, forcing the judging panel to wait several minutes. Another is to announce from the stage a program change, although the contest rules state any change must be made in advance in writing. Other no-nos for singing contestants: provide the accompanist with a series of illegally photocopied sheets, preferably folded in half, which must be spread out over the entire piano rack, and which may buckle a few times or periodically spill over onto the keyboard; assume the demeanor of the world-famous artist; from the stage, identify some prominent member of the jury and call out that his/her teacher sends warmest greetings; treat the other contestants as though you had already won or were sure of winning, and the audience (among whom sits the jury) with a certain amount of haughtiness when you enter and leave the stage.

Keywords:   judges, singing competitions, singing contestants, audience, contest rules, stage

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