Voice Instructor and Performer, Private and International School of Music, Bethesda
301-365-9358 H 301-657-0763 W (ISM)
Jennifer has sung all styles from opera to jazz. She has a Master's in performance from the University of Alberta, and has performed opera, oratorio, and her own solo show, in Canada, the US and abroad. She now specializes in one-woman floor shows for banquets and special occasions, performing mostly show tunes, jazz, and ballads, and incorporating her own written dialog specific to the client's occasion. She recently took her act to Central Europe, where it was very well received, and is now finishing up her next CD.
What foods should a singer eat or avoid eating?
Voice Instructor Jennifer Rutherford discusses what foods to eat and what to avoid before an audition, including spicy and acidic foods.
Host: What food should a singer a eat or avoid eating?
Jennifer Rutherford: Well you should choose something that has got a little bit of protein in it so it is going to stay with you. You never know when you are going to get the chance to eat again when you go to those long lineups for the auditions. So choose something that's going to stay with you. Maybe bring a snack with you, something healthy, try and avoid acidy foods, spicy foods. Milk and dairy products are sometimes bad for certain people, they dont bother me in particular. I find that wheat irritates me and it gives me a lot of congestion. So it depends on your system, you can do a sort of elimination diet if you want to try out and see what works best for you. Do it on a day when it doesnt matter so that you know what feels good for you. So well before the audition try out different foods. But I think in general a blend and satisfying meal is probably your best bet before an audition and do not eat too close to the audition because you do not want to be burping through the middle of your song and that would be a disaster. You want to be able to feel satisfied, eat maybe about an hour before you go.