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Preparing for a Competition

by David L Jones


Many singers are interested in entering the world of vocal competitions. When you make this decision, your attitude should be positive yet determined. Competitions cover a huge range, from the younger singer starting out in his or her training, to the young professional who has sung in major opera houses.

The critical question to ask yourself is, “Why would I want to enter a competition, and what will it do for my personal or career development?”

Remember, winning isn’t the only reason to enter a competition—stage experience and performing experience are both great assets for any singer. They make up a critical part of a performer’s development to see how he or she fares in a public setting. Some singers have a performing energy that expands their abilities when under pressure. Other singers find it difficult to concentrate and keep their technique and musical expression intact.

Competition and networking form a large part of the basis of a successful singing career, so it is ...

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