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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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Is There a Cure for Performance Anxiety?

Is There a Cure for Performance Anxiety?

63 Is There a Cure for Performance Anxiety?
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the reasons for a singer's performance anxiety and the ways to address it. Much has been written recently about performance anxiety, also known as “stage fright.” Certainly there is cause for apprehension about an upcoming public performance if one is ill. Last-minute attention to remaining technical problems in the literature to be performed, or late memorization of complex and difficult texts, especially in languages only marginally known to the singer, often contribute to “nervousness” that spills over into other aspects of the performance. The best cure for performance anxiety is to direct attention away from oneself through the acquisition of a highly reliable vocal technique, excellent musical and textual preparation, systematic rehearsal procedures, frequent performance outlets, a realistic attitude toward one's own abilities, and generosity of heart toward one's colleagues and one's audience.

Keywords:   singer, performance anxiety, performance, stage fright, nervousness, vocal technique, rehearsal, audience

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