Daily Archives: January 10, 2010

Performing in Public

 

Question:

I am a 13,and I’m a violinist and I’ve finished my diploma(the highest level in violin grades).And I want to perform more in public.But where do I and how do I perform in public??
 
Phyllis replied:

 

Your question is puzzling to me.  Is it possible that you live far out in the country and have been home-schooled in the violin?  If not, what does your teacher say about this?  Why are you not performing in your teacher’s pupils’ concerts?  Why are you not in the orchestra at school?  Why are you not playing in community orchestras, subscribing to music magazines which might tell you of contests you could enter?  This isn’t adding up, somehow.   Do you do all of these things but still feel that you aren’t getting enough chances to perform solo?   If winning contests and playing first violin aren’t your goal, you just want to play more in public for enjoyment, offer to play during a service at your church or house of worship.  Play for your grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party.  Organize a little chamber music group and practice a few pieces until you are good enough to play for small gatherings.  Be willing to start small and work your way up.

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How Not to be Nervous?

Question:
Hi! I need a few tips: I am going to audition for a musical of Peter Pan on the 20th of January, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to not be nervous? Thanks! I asked you because I trust you, and you’ve probably spoke in front of large crowds. Thanks!!:)
Phyllis replied:
I don’t know of any way not to be nervous, because you want to be excited, you want to do your best, and you and everyone else will be nervous.  Don’t worry about that.  What you DO want to be is confident–confident of your lines, your action, your delivery…  When you’ve gone over your performance again and again and feel you could almost do it in your sleep, you’re in much better shape than letting it all depend on whether or not you’re nervous. 

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Follow Alice into Those First Trying Years of Adulthood?

Question:
Hi I read the alice series back in the 6th grade and loved it.Thank you. .Having a newborn daughter made me reflect back to these books and how comforting they were to me at a very awkward stage. I have now caught up on the whole series and was wondering if you were still writing the alice series? Intensely Alice is being shipped to me right now and i can’t wait.. At the end of every book, i’m so eager to continue the story. i personally think it would be great to be able to follow alice into those first trying years of adulthood. how long do you plan to follow alice? are you writing another alice book now?
Phyllis replied:
 
Yes, I’m working on another Alice book right now.  There will be 28 in all.  After you read “Intensely Alice,” look for “Alice in Charge,” coming out next June.  Next year, look for “Incredibly Alice.”   The very last Alice book, ending the series, “Always Alice,” will be out in 2013, and yes, it will take Alice all the way from age 18 to 60. 

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