FIRST-YEAR-MUSICAL-FUN-PARTY-EXTRAVAGANZA RECITAL 2017
Every question you’ve ever had (about first year vocal arts), answered.
This is the perfect time for this blog because it is serves not only a blog, but also as shameless self-promotion for the First Year Songbook performance on April 4th at 8pm in Paul Hall. Below you can find every question you’ve ever wanted to know about first-year vocal arts performances at Juilliard (and probably some you didn’t want to know!)
Q: Do first-year vocal artists perform?
A: YES! First year vocal artists perform in two recitals (one per semester), one of which is in Morse Hall (Street level) and one in Paul Hall (1st floor). For this recital, singers prepare two contrasting pieces, one in English and one in Italian. One piece, performed with harpsichord, must be written before (date I don’t know) and the other, performed with Piano, can be more modern. These concerts are an excellent way to broaden your repertoire and perform with a harpsichord! In addition, first-year singers may perform in additional programs should the need for additional singers be needed.
Q: How do you prepare for a performance?
A: Before any performance, all Juilliard students attend coaching with various people working on the project. In our case, we work with our private voice teachers, two main coaches (one for each piece) and approximately five other coaches who deal with English and Italian diction, acting, musical presentation, etc. who share their invaluable knowledge of music with us. For each recital, first-years rehearse approximately 2-3 months. This may seem like a lot, but it helps us to understand the Juilliard level of excellence and to reach the goals we set for ourselves. These coachings helps reduce performance-day stress.
Q: How do you go about picking music?
A: Between the singer, voice teacher, and coaches, we take into consideration each voice type, appropriate repertoire, and our individual strengths and weaknesses and try to come up with the most appropriate and challenging piece that compliments the singer’s instrument. This can be challenging, but our coaches and teacher are so skilled that they are always able to find great pieces for us to work on. This is an excellent process because you are allowed to share your thoughts on the repertoire. Being that the recital is called ‘Songbook’, we each perform art songs.
Q: Most Importantly, when is the First Year Songbook? How can I attend?
A: Glad you asked! The First Year Recital is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8pm in Paul Recital Hall. The recital, which showcases the Vocal Arts Class of 2020, is open to the public.