Practice helps. But there’s a much easier way, and I imagine a much more common way: You pay for it.
From its beginning, Carnegie was a rental hall. I looked up the price for renting it, should you feel so inclined. Without putting in a lot of effort, I found the going price in 2014 for the Stern auditorium (the main stage) for a Friday or Saturday evening was $16,000.
Not sure how many hours that covers, but remember you can do anything you want and no auditions required. You could even play your kazoo, if you wanted.
Another option – and this is the one Husband chose – is to join a choir that’s been invited for a special event.
You’ll still pay, of course. Not nearly as much, but you still pay. In this case, the money not only covers the cost of the Hall, but also the professional musicians and conductors who will be working with you.
For Husband that was the best part, working with real professionals. Two of the musicians were Grammy winners and the conductor for the choir (they had four rehearsals with him) was the Executive Director of American Choral Directors. The Honcho of all choir honchos.
Now, one thing about Husband — and honestly, it’s something I love about the guy — he’s not a braggart. He never once said, “Hey, you know who’s performing at Carnegie? This guy!”
Meaning it was up to me to tell people, and then hear him interject with, “I’m paying to be there and there’s over hundred of us. No one will see me. I’ll be a speck on the stage.”
(Honestly. There’s such a thing as being too humble.)
I still say it’s an honor to perform at Carnegie, even if you do pay for it. And as for him being a speck on the stage?
Here’s the picture from his concert, from my seat in the dress circle (before the usher made me put my phone away):
Even from the cheap seats, we could see him.
The concert was lovely, and I was gosh-darn proud watching him up there on stage.
You know. The stage at CARNEGIE!
I told him it was going into the blog. He told me not to make a big deal out of it.
I don’t know what he was worried about.