Happy Thanksgiving! I know many of you have all-region auditions, competitions, concerts, hearings, recitals, music juries, etc. in the coming weeks, so I’ve reposted my Performing Checklist below. This is a follow-up to my recent 15 Performing Anxiety Tips – CLICK HERE.
ClarinetMike says, “Just like the Thanksgiving Meal, Preparation is Everything!”
ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
Below is a preparation checklist based on many years of giving performances and presentations and teaching students to do the same. Every audition, jury, performance, clinic, etc. is different, so focus on the preparation tips 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 umbrella, rain poncho, trench coat, 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 plan all speaking 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!
- Don’t let an audition monitor rush you. Respectfully insist on what’s right.
- Make sure page turner is set!! Have a backup plan.
- Make sure programs/handouts are put out. Take extra ones in case someone forgets.
- MAKE MUSIC! Always “Go For It!” when performing – just unload what you’ve loaded.
- No negative comments or looks – stay upbeat, even if feeling sick or upset.
- Take extra business cards for meet and greet after recital.
- Don’t forget to pick up music after concert, especially CD’s and pianist’s music.
- Follow up soon after concert with emails or texts to hosts and other VIP’s you meet.
- Reflection. What did I learn today? Write yourself a little note on Evernote, etc.