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Thursday
Apr122007

What is a Listener Guest Of Honor?

This varies from convention to convention.

From Mary Bertke:

"There aren't really set duties for a listener guest beyond what they usually do, because the post of Listener Guest is given as a reward for past services. There are many people in the filk community who are not themselves performers but who are invaluable to filk - either because they bring new people into the community, encourage new performers, or do provide support staff for filk conventions.

At OVFF, the one set duty of the LGoH is to help judge the songwriting contest. Aside from that's it's generally expected that they'll listen to the concerts and the open filk - which they would likely be doing anyway - making sure new people get the chance to sings - see above - and generally making people feel welcome at the convention."

From Steve Simmons:

"I've never been a listener guest, but have always thought that is was a recognition of a someone who is primarily a non-performer but is an active part of the filk community - helps with cons, gives good feedback to performers, and is just generally one of those faces the performers love to see in the group.

Given that, I'd assume the listener guest has no duties except to be what he or she already is - someone whose mere presence can contribute to making the community what it is."

Comments? Suggestions? Please post below.

From Mary Bertke:

"There aren't really set duties for a listener guest beyond what they usually do, because the post of Listener Guest is given as a reward for past services. There are many people in the filk community who are not themselves performers but who are invaluable to filk - either because they bring new people into the community, encourage new performers, or do provide support staff for filk conventions.

At OVFF, the one set duty of the LGoH is to help judge the songwriting contest. Aside from that's it's generally expected that they'll listen to the concerts and the open filk - which they would likely be doing anyway - making sure new people get the chance to sings - see above - and generally making people feel welcome at the convention."

From Steve Simmons:

"I've never been a listener guest, but have always thought that is was a recognition of a someone who is primarily a non-performer but is an active part of the filk community - helps with cons, gives good feedback to performers, and is just generally one of those faces the performers love to see in the group.

Given that, I'd assume the listener guest has no duties except to be what he or she already is - someone whose mere presence can contribute to making the community what it is."

Comments? Suggestions? Please post below.

Reader Comments (1)

Listener guests of honor are often offered a concert slot at the East Coast floating filk cons, sometimes they use the time to have favorite performers get up and sing songs they like, sometimes they take the stage themselves, often with very pleasing results.
Just because someone doesn't perform often, doesn't mean they don't perform; often child rearing, personal shyness, or other life factors keep them from getting into stage-ready status. Being asked as a guest often catapults people past their hesitancy and enables them to prepare a set.

April 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMerav

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