[Perform-talk] Physical aspects of performing?

Rob Kaiser rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
Sat May 16 23:05:16 UTC 2015

?When I performed on stage, and, if I wasn't part of an opera group (which I 
was part of a few times) II , usually just had a piano accomonist, and so I 
would stand next to the piano and place my right hand at the crook of the 

When it comes to jesjers, I usually (when I really was comfortable with the 
song) would attempt to incorperate some hand movements in the song. One of 
my big songs I alwaysalwasy always did at the end of a program, was the 
Soliloqi from Carasell. What I would suggest is that when you do a program, 
you might want to get recordings of the songs you are going to sing and see 
if you feel any of the songs you sing might be better with some jesjers. I 
also, somgtimes, would ask a sighted personds how much room I have to move 
incase I decide to do some movements.

Also, I have found that it is very important to open both of your eyes when 
you are singing. I have been told by sighted people that I looked better 
with my eyes open.

good luck if you decide to do this audision.

Rob Kaiser
rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
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From: Masha Sten-Clanton via Perform-talk
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:54 PM
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Subject: [Perform-talk] Physical aspects of performing?

Here in New England there's a weekly show, Community Auditions, which is
a televised singing competition. The contestants are usually accompanied
by a band while they sing. After each performance, three judges give the
contestant feedback, along with a rating from 1 to 10.

Since I'd like to audition for the show, I've been paying particular
attention to the judges' comments. A lot of them have to do with how the
contestants come across visually. Besides their vocal technique,
contestants are praised or criticized on their enthusiasm, how they
move, and how they interact with the band.

As a totally blind person, I was constantly warned to be careful of
untoward movements. I'd like to know from blind singers: How did you
learn to look, and feel, comfortable with your body onstage? How do you
stand in a position that looks natural? What do you do with your hands
(if you're not playing an instrument)? How do you build movement into
your performance? (In high school I wwas criticized for not
incorporating hand gestures into a song.) And how do you interact with a
band while performing? (I'm presuming that the only way would be to
rehearse with them, and establish rapport, beforehand, so that hopefully
that rapport will be apparent to the audience.)

I think there was a panel at the national convention about this topic
last year, but I was unable to attend the convention. Is there a
recording of it somewhere?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated -- I'd really like to try out
for this show!



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