As a vocal instructor I have the pleasure of working with many new students who have never studied voice before, and sometimes have never studied instrumental music either. One of the comments I consistently hear from them is, “wow! I never realized how many things singers are doing all at once, while they’re performing!” Indeed. Singing is a very complex art, but our job as performers is to make it look easy and natural. It appears we are succeeding, as most amateur singers are surprised by how much is demanded of them when they start taking their songs to the next level.
For those unaware of the nuances happening behind the scenes during a vocal performance, or for those of us who are aware and just want to be appreciated for our capacity to handle so many elements simultaneously, here is a list of what singers normally do during a performance: