A Christmas recital is a fantastic way to show off your talents as a vocalist. Friends, family and music teachers gather around for the performance of a lifetime. A little preparation will help ensure that your performance is a memorable one.
Recitals often include complicated pieces. You may sing more than one song. Begin preparations by starting early. Pick out the songs that you want to sing several months before the big day. Practice them every day.
Start the process of memorizing the songs so that the music doesn’t have to be right in front of you. Most recitals don’t allow sheet music to be used. It must all come from your memory. Starting early allows you to dedicate the information to long-term memory. Trying to “cram” for the recital a few nights before won’t result in a quality performance.
Find an Audience
Practicing each day in front of a mirror may be practical, but you still need more experience when it comes to the environment. Ask your loved ones about performing for them after dinner. Take every opportunity to show off your singing abilities.
Part of being a good singer is entertaining an audience. You want to feel and look comfortable in front of a group. These practice sessions with loved ones can give you the confidence necessary to perform on recital day.
Pick and Care for Your Outfit
A recital usually requires a choir dress or suit. Check with your music teacher about the proper attire. A long, black dress is a common choice for ladies, for example. Be sure to purchase and launder the outfit as recommended by the manufacturer before the big day.
Depending on the material, a simple rinse or hand wash is appropriate. Recital outfits may be simple or ornate, which means that you want to carefully clean them to avoid any damages.
Take Care of Your Voice
Avoid coffee and alcohol before a performance. Add dairy to that list as well. All of these drinks will cause changes to your vocal cords, which ultimately hurts the performance quality. Ideally, drink plenty of water for several hours before the recital. This time frame allows the moisture to hydrate the body and vocal cords from the inside. Well-hydrated singers will have optimal control of their ranges.
No recital will go well without a good night’s rest. Go to bed early the day before the performance. Allow yourself to wake up naturally the next morning if possible. Sleep gives you both a mental and physical edge over any nerves or concerns regarding the performance. Fatigue will affect the recital with pitch issues and other problems.
Breathe Deeply and Warm-Up
Recital preparation includes control over your nerves. As the performance time approaches, breathe deeply and think about calm concepts. Focus on your warm-up session. Move through the notes and practice the songs one last time. Know that you’ve spent many months preparing for this moment. You are ready on both mental and physical levels to perform with your heart.
Enjoy the Performance
Remember that your preparation is allowing you to have a trouble-free recital. As soon as you step on stage, enjoy the performance. Immerse yourself in the music. Feel the emotions within the songs. If you’re enjoying yourself, the audience will feel that energy. Although every performer may have made a mistake here or there, the overall performance will feel spectacular. Remind yourself that singing is your passion, so all of the preparation culminates into a surreal experience for everyone in the room.
Be patient with every step taken before the recital. There will always be challenges, but you can overcome them with a dedicated spirit. In the end, the recital can be a joyous time for everyone involved.