Every now and again, I have the opportunity to perform for a variety of events. You might think they aren't worth while for someone who primarily performs for wedding ceremonies; I think the exact opposite is true. One might ask how singing the national anthem for a college volleyball game or competing in a vocal competition helps a musician perform better for small intimate weddings, but I can tell you from personal experience that it most certainly does.
Last month I had the opportunity to volunteer my singing voice for Florida Gulf Coast University's women's volleyball game against Indiana. It was so fun to return to my alma mater and contribute to the community. My husband was at home babysitting our kiddos, but he did get to live stream it.
Late October I had a friend shoot me a link with a "You should do this" message. It was a national sing-off by Way-FM to find a vocalist to sing the National Anthem for the Casting Crowns concert later this month. Unfortunately the competition was judged on the number of votes each contestant brought in and not solely on their talent. A person could even vote every hour if they wished. Although I entered the competition late and didn't really have a prayer in terms of votes, I was so honored by the support of my family and friends. I did end up getting around 950.
So What? ...How does this affect me as a bride?
As you may haven noticed, Melodic Expressions has been slowly undergoing a revamp of its brand and image. The most exciting change is our new slogan: The Professional Musician Collective. To us, the word "professional" means a musician that is not only talented and trained in their art, but who has a well rounded performance history, one that consists of mostly paid gigs that are consistently growing in number and variety. A musician can be "all that and a bag of chips" in practice, but not get anywhere in their career unless they perform outside the rehearsal walls....over and over and over. The proverbial phrase "practice makes perfect" can only get one so far when it comes to musicianship. I'd like to change the phrase to "performance makes perfect". After all, a near perfect wedding is what every bride desires for their special day.
A musician can be all that and a bag of chips in practice but not get anywhere in their career unless they perform outside the rehearsal walls....over and over and over.
The nitty gritty stuff that live performance demands is vital for a musician's growth: controlled nerves, maintained composure and song continuity during mishaps (ex. sheet music blows off the stand in the wind, or the sun is blaring hot, your sweating bullets causing your eyes to burn so badly you can't see any lyrics, or the bugs are biting even with bug spray and you can't focus on playing the piano because you're raging war on mosquitos with your right hand while continuing to play with your left). I could go on and on. The main things is that each time musicians conquer these glitches during a performance, they are stronger for it, making them extremely valuable. With a pro there is confidence and added security. Whatever might happen, the professional musician has most likely been there before and the music will not be ruined for it. Look for a musician who has performed for a variety of audiences both large and small within different environments/venues.
Look for a musician who has performed for a variety of audiences both large and small within different environments/venues.
Our professional musician collective at Melodic Expressions is exclusively made up of Southwest Florida's top performing artists. Most members have an extensive background in their Music education, ranging from a Bachelor's degree all the way to a Doctoral degree. They are active members of prominent music ensembles like the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Chamber Choir to name a few. A number of members hold the position of music director at their local churches, operate their own studios for music instruction, and perform regularly at public events.
Why hello there! I'm Katy, the owner and curator of our professional musician collective in Southwest Florida. As a wife and mom to two adorable little girls, my days are filled with adventure and love. Subscribe to the newsletter below for past melodic weddings that are sure to inspire ideas for your own ceremony music.