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Stage presence from head to toe : a manual for musicians
Hagberg, Karen A., 1943-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2003.
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xiv, 109 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Stage presence -- The soloist -- The page turner -- The small ensemble (no conductor) -- The large vocal ensemble -- The orchestra -- The conductor as leader -- On the day of the concert -- The stage and its furnishings -- Nonperforming personnel -- Auditions and competitions -- How to teach stage presence.
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ML3795 .H13 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference

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Stage Presence From Head to Toe: A Manual for Musicians is the only resource of its kind: a practical, authoritative guide to accepted practices of stage presence for performing musicians. It answers the basic questions every musician has about a performance: how to prepare, how to dress, how to walk out on stage, how to bow, how to look confident and put your audience at ease, how to interact with other musicians on stage and with backstage personnel. The book discusses the specific needs of soloists and small and large ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. Includes illustrations, several helpful checklists and a comprehensive bibliography.

Author Notes

Karen Hagberg is a consultant and workshop presenter on stage presence for soloists, ensembles, teachers, and students. Her prize-winning piano students have performed around the United States, in Europe, and in Japan. Dr. Hagberg is author of numerous articles on piano pedagogy and contributor to Grove's Dictionary of Opera and Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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Early in this book Hagberg observes that "good stage presence, like good editing in films or books, goes largely unnoticed." And, she points out, lack of stage presence can ruin a performance, and with this volume she aims to redress this common problem among musicians. This quick-reference resource for performers of all ages covers basics of performance "style" so often forgotten by students and professionals alike. Although primarily designed to improve performance quality, this book also helps players enhance their personal comfort level and connection with the audience. The author divides the book into chapters by ensemble size and type, providing in each section details of planning and execution of a concert performance from the musician's perspective--e.g., posture, clothing, and even how to get onstage in a professional manner. Soloists, page turners, small ensembles, large vocal ensembles, orchestras, conductors, and nonperforming personnel each get special mention, and additional chapters cover stage furnishings and etiquette for auditions and competitions. Most chapters end with a summarizing checklist, perfect for reminding performers in the heat of action (panic) to remember the fine details of performance preparation. This results in some (forgivable) repetition in this quick-reference text. The book ends with a chapter on teaching stage presence. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. V. Vaughan Oberlin College