Missed Cues: Two ways we miscommunicate in rehearsals.

As conductors, we are tasked with communicating the written score to an audience through our ensembles. Here are two habits in rehearsals we can break. It is not the easiest of tasks. Conductors take music in its written form and ask musicians to create and combine sounds in order to breath life into ink. To …

Rehearsal Techniques: Expressive words will create expressive playing

Rehearsal is always an interesting time. The goal is often the same: improve the musical performance of the ensemble. In order to accomplish this, conductors will sit and study their scores trying to analyze every aspect possible. Form. The rhythms. Chord progression. Melody, harmony, and balance concerns. All of these items come under scrutiny when …

Small change in setup can improve rehearsal

Rehearsal time is precious, especially when preparing for performance evaluations. One small change can turn a poor rehearsal into a successful one.