You don't. The nerves are part of the magic of being a performer, so I don't fight it, I embrace it.
- Adam Girts, 2018 violin (The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, 2019)
I like to remember all the hard work that I've done to prepare. Sometimes, I'll think about my past successful performances and auditions and think of how awesome they felt. It also doesn't hurt to give yourself a little pep talk!
- George Marn, 2018 vocal company (College of Wooster, 2018)
The best way to combat nerves is preparation. Find parts of your performance that you feel confident in and focus on those!
- Kyle Becker, 2017 vocal company (Central Michigan University)
It may sound cliche, but just breathe. Also, do your homework; the more preparation you do, the less nervous you'll be. *a few seconds go by* Also, tea. Breathe, prepare, and tea.
- Simon Faddoul, 2017 vocal company (University of Arizona, 2019)
Tips from the Pros
Our company consists of 32 incredibly talented vocalists, 18 stellar orchestra members, and a crew of 12 seasoned technicians and costumers. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, we thought it best to share some insight with our young audience!