IntroductionFrom: Perform Like a Pro with Abram
by Abram Poliakoff
Welcome to your Perform Like A Pro tutorial. Developing a strategy to get both your head and voice ready to perform for an audience is an essential skill for a professional singer. Have you ever had a concert where it has been feeling really great in rehearsals or at home and then feels off the night you actually perform? Trust me, many professional singers have felt this too, and recognize that our performances are going to vary from night to night. It can be a tricky game to find that sweet spot, where you feel ready to go and your voice is responsive and fresh. This can be especially hard if you are having many shows in a row.
In this tutorial, we are going to cover some strategies and exercises that can help us find more consistency in our performances in front of an audience. In the first part, we will cover how to release vocal tension before performing. The second part will be about how we warm-up our voice without over-singing, and in the third part we will practice strategies for strengthening and maintaining focus.
Instructor: Abram Poliakoff
Abram Poliakoff is a singer, guitarist, pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been teaching music for 8 years. He is currently both the Associate Artistic Director and a tenor in the L.A. Choral Lab, which recently released its first studio album Sonic Visions in the fall of 2019. Abram teaches and performs a wide range of genres including Classical, Jazz, Folk and Popular music in the Los Angeles area. He has also sung with the San Francisco Opera and Pocket Opera in the Bay Area. His teaching mission is to help his students utilize vocal technique to find their authentic and healthy voice while maximizing genre flexibility and a naturalness of expression.