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February 3, 2020 | Issue #14 | Newsletter Archive
Voice Technique: Performance Anxiety
Almost everyone has some degree of performance anxiety (aka stage fright), whether we feel it on stage in front of a hundred people, or even when we are alone with our voice teacher.

Those normal feelings of anxiety can interfere with our free, relaxed voice production, and can prevent us from being the singer that we want to be. There are things you can do to reduce your performance anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety when you have to perform, let me know and we will find ways to help you!

Here are some online articles with some interesting information:

You can get lots of great information from my friend Ingela Onstad, who is a performance anxiety coach - sign up at her website for free downloads and newsletter, and you can sign up to coach with her for even more help. We hope to have her come and do a presentation in May!
Folk Song Favorites
I've Been Working on the Railroad
The first published version of this American folk song appeared as "Levee Song" in Carmina Princetonia, a book of Princeton University songs published in 1894. The earliest known recording is by the Sandhills Sixteen, released by Victor Records in 1927. The various other melodies throughout the sections of the song were probably added later from different sources. 

Check out these fun recordings:

As ever, here's our classic Pete Seeger version

Here's a video of Liberace from his 1950 TV show! The things you can find down the YouTube rabbit hole.

Click here to download the song and sing or play for yourself!
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms ( 1833-1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. His reputation and status as a composer are such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms wrote some of the most beautiful music that exists. Check out some of my favorites: