Welcome, Bel Canto!
Everything you need for your Starting Now virtual performance is below.
You must listen to the provided click track while you record to make sure that your part lines up with everyone else!
You must listen to the click track with headphones when you record. This is so we don’t hear it on the final recording!
Follow the instructions on the click track and be sure to audibly clap at the right sync point.
Make sure that you understand every rhythm, pitch, and articulation.
Get used to the space
Practice in the space where you’ll record, so that it’s super easy when it’s time to perform.
Once you can comfortably perform all notes and rhythms at tempo, practice along with the clicktrack to make sure your pitch and timing is spot on. The goal is to be as perfect and accurate as possible.
The goal of this submission is to get as high-quality of an audio recording as possible. This should be recorded in a quiet, medium-sized space with as little movement as possible. Your air conditioning, fans, and any TV or electronics must be turned off while you record.
Recording volume should not extend above mezzo-forte, unless you have an external microphone where you are able to control the gain.
Be especially careful of performing directly towards your microphone – the air and percussive mouth sounds can distort your recording. If possible, also avoid turning pages, as microphones are especially sensitive to this sound.
Pick a Tidy Location
Choose a location based on how loud your performance will be. Too small of a space will overpower your microphone, too big and it’ll have too much echo.
Make a couple of test recordings and listen back with headphones to see how it sounds.
Erase Background Noise
- Turn off Fans and Air Conditioning
- Turn off all electronic devices
- Remove or reduce all page turns
- Adjust your music stand so you do not need to adjust during the performance
Turn off Notifications
Set your phone to Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb to avoid ruining your best take.
Make sure all of your clothing and equipment are as quiet as possible.
Make sure your chair, music, and headphone cables are set-up that you can quickly and easily start the click track and get into position to perform.
Start recording BEFORE you start the click track
Count the clicks while you prepare to perform and follow the instructions on the video for your required sync clap.
Record straight through the piece, counting through all rests and the extra clicks at the end.
Check your Work
- Listen to your submission: did you nail the opening sync point?
- Is your sound clear or is it distorted?
- Did you miss any notes, rhythms, or articulations?
- Check for anything that may be distracting and re-record if you hear anything that is out of place.
Upload your performance recording
Once you’re happy with your performance, use the UPLOAD button below to submit your recording!