Once a year it’s good to celebrate! Every spring, usually in mid-April, I schedule an event I lovingly call the “DMGS3”: The David M. Glasgow Spring Studio Showcase. The DMGS3 is a chance for all of my students—vocalists, pianists, and songwriters—to come together, show off, and have fun! All of my students are encouraged, but not required, to perform at the DMGS3; and there’s no admission fee—friends, family, and eager- or confused-looking strangers dragged in from the street are all welcome to attend.
DMGS3 2020 is on the books for Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the UUCV Meetinghouse!
This year the event will be divided into three “Acts”, with a half-hour intermission for refreshments and leg-stretching between each. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three Acts, but each student will be featured during only one Act, and the intermissions will allow for graceful entrances and exits for families whose schedules don’t allow for an entire afternoon of wonderful music. Here’s the current plan (which will undoubtedly need to be adjusted as the date draws nearer):
- 1:00 – 1:30 pm — Act 1 (pianists)
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm — Act 2 (vocalists—amateurs, beginners, and intermediate students)
- 3:30 – 4:30 pm — Act 3 (vocalists—advanced students and professionals)
The event itself is, as one attendee described it, “a real production!” I prepare keepsake programs including student biographies and repertory, secure professional instrumentalists to accompany voice students, and hire professional videographers to document the event (so parents don’t need to watch their children through a smartphone screen!). Nursery care is also available for younger siblings and guests, if requested in advance of the event.
As the event draws closer, students and their families will want to be sure they’re familiar with the important information included on the DMGS3 Performer FAQs page.
Paying the band
Attendance at the event is free, and students are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend, but I add a small “Showcase Subsidy” to the monthly invoice for students who perform to partially offset the costs of the event (including program books, professional audio and video technicians, and professional instrumentalists). Additionally, I gratefully receive donations at the event and through PayPal that also get me a little closer to “breaking even” on the event.
Lending a hand
In addition, many of the behind-the-scenes tasks required for the event are generously provided by volunteers—parents, family, and friends of the performers. If you’d like to help out in this way, you can sign up for a task at Signup Genius.