Jason wrote: I started this forum for folks who are putting themselves out there (or aspiring to) in public performance in hopes of earning a living (or at least a portion of one).
Unfortunately, no one has ever been able to earn a living strictly from playing the theremin. There have been, and continue to be, thereminists who tour continuously all over the world (in the tradition of Lucie Bigelow Rosen) but these are artists with the means to subsidize their travels out of their own pockets, and whose love of the instrument usually surpasses their level of skill.
Lucie Rosen used to say that she was introducing the theremin to people who may never have heard it, and were unaware of its existence. That might have been true sixty or seventy years ago, but with the coming of the internet and public access websites you can hear and see Clara Rockmore with the click of a mouse.
I always sound like such a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to theremin performances - particularly in a forum that is the birthplace of "WORLD THEREMINIZATION", where it is generally believed that it's all GREAT and any theremin exposure is good theremin exposure.
The truth of the matter is that a bad theremin performance only confirms the general belief that the theremin is not to be taken seriously, and that it is a failure as a musical instrument. The question all precision thereminists should ask themselves is as follows: "If the performance I just gave on the theremin had been sung, or given on a traditional instrument, how acceptable would it have been".
I feel like Shakespeare's poor old King Lear, naked, out on the heath, raging against the storm! (LOL)