ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist
Below is a checklist I’ve developed based on years of giving recitals, clinics, master classes, presentations, etc. Every jury, audition, performance, clinic, etc. is different, so focus on the ones below that apply to your situation.
- Be Organized and Confident: organized in preparation and confident in performance.
- Morning Performances = Get up extra early. (Go to bed early the night before.)
- Mentally walk through performing day and concert (or audition, etc.) the night before.
- Check weather and dress appropriately. Take trench coat, umbrella, etc.
- Wear layers of comfortable clothing for audition, especially in a long audition.
- Dress up and have good grooming. This will help even in a blind audition!
- Eat good food – especially protein.
- Take extra set of music.
- Have a short bio ready for introductions.
- Carefully prepare all talking during concert. Fit comments to audience. Keep it simple.
- Leave and arrive early. Check traffic on Google Maps.
- Have good directions to venue (GPS or map). Know precisely where the building is.
- Plan for parking at venue. Budget extra time.
- Know where you can warm up at venue – on stage is best.
- Have concert recorded if possible: video is best! Check weeks before and upon arrival.
- 2 water bottles & 2 clarinet pegs. One on stage and one for off stage/green room.
- Get on stage or in room for sound check before concert – a day+ early would be best.
- At sound check, carefully check balance between piano or CD, etc. Recruit a helper.
- Make sure tech person is at sound check.
- Be very clear with stage crew/usher on stage set up, hall opening time, etc.
- Make sure there is no profanity or embarrassing writing on back of music stand!
- Make sure page turner is set!! Have a backup plan.
- Make sure programs/handouts are put out. Take extra ones in case someone forgets.
- No negative comments or looks – stay upbeat, even if feeling sick or upset.
- Take extra business cards for meet and greet after recital.
- Follow up soon after concert with emails or texts to hosts and other VIP’s you meet.
- Reflection. What did I learn today?
[NOTE: This is a modified version of a previously published blog post, see HERE.]