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Tips for In-Person Recital Success 2023

1. Get enough rest the night before your performance (8 hours, please!), and consider an afternoon nap to calm nerves.

2. Eat a good meal before your performance. (A recently full stomach, especially carbohydrates, will help prevent nervous butterflies.)

3. Drink plenty of water (32 ounces or more) to prevent dry-mouth, and have water with you.

4. Dress for success. (Wear something appropriate for nice event which is also comfortable. Layers are always helpful for warmer or cooler spaces.)

5. Think positive thoughts throughout the day and during your performance.

6. Warm up correctly. (Scales, arpeggios, long tones, and slow practice of the technical parts of your piece in two separate sessions of 15 – 30 minutes each are effective. No runs of the whole piece, and no last-minute fast practicing.)

7. Be at the Church of the Redeemer with your instrument and music, ready to go for pre-tuning and orientation, at 6:10 PM on January 17.

8. Once you have pre-tuned and sound checked, you may take your seat and relax to watch the recital.

9. Show your appreciation for each fellow studio member’s performance by applauding!

10. Warm your flute (or piccolo) during the performance before you.

11. Prepare to take the stage during the applause for the previous performer.

12. When you come up for your performance, bow upon reaching the stand to acknowledge the applause, then set up your music.

13. Ms. Goodman will help tune you with the piano.

14. Before you begin your piece, think through a few bars first, take a deep breath, and look at your accompanist to make sure she is ready to begin with you.

15. Think positive thoughts, and no matter what, keep going!

16. After your piece, step to the side of your music stand and bow from the waist, eyes to the floor, holding your flute in front of you.



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