Preparation From Katelyn's Corner
By Katelyn Gavagan. Piano/Voice Coach
Preparation for a performance can be fun and motivating, but it is important to start preparing weeks before. My 'mix' is becoming stronger and stronger with every voice lesson I take. Yes, as a teacher I still take lessons! And my teacher still takes lessons and so does my teachers teacher! I believe that you can always grow and develop as a musician if you allow yourself to.
This past weekend we performed a musical that Neil wrote called The Witches View, and in it I sang Let it Go from Frozen. When Neil asked me to sing Let it Go I thought, "Me? That song is challenging, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it justice!" This moment I call 'musical dread' because your nerves can sometimes get the best of you. Still, I accepted and began the hard work before performance time.
Here was my checklist during practice:
-Keep vertical vowels and think down on the high notes
-Allow the low notes at the beginning to be in a more spoken voice
-Incorporate movement to add to expression of the song
-Try to sing as myself, be who Elsa is to me, what do I have to let go?
The day of the performance the run through went very well, and when I put on my costume I felt confident! The performance was an exciting success because I was ready.
Sing on my friends!
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