As you look ahead to your first performance (dress rehearsal) on Monday at 7, here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy a more productive hour:
1. Get a solid 8 hours of sleep, both tonight (Sat.) and Sunday.
2. Good nutrition (protein-rich) both days, and lots of hydration.
3. Find an hour on Sunday to quietly perform through the entire program (seated or standing, but not phonating).
4. Write out longhand every word you will sing — even if incorrectly spelled/formatted — to deepen your memory.
5. Enjoy your regular practicing, including with your pianist.
6. On Monday, do not attend classes/rehearsals that you can realistically avoid. Obviously, you need to save as much of the day’s energy and voice for your performance. The practice of extended rehearsals on performance days that do seem to work for choirs, is not generally one for the solo artist.
7. Enjoy a generous, 20-30 minute vocalization earlier in the day on Monday, then around 6 or 6:30, you can sing briefly and be ready.
8. By doing the above, you will build yourself a foundation from which to perform with fresh and dependable energy. The joy that you find in singing will energize you in the hour!