Welcome to The Art of Listening, a Podcast about classical music, conducting, composition, the business of music, and how to listen to it all. Each week, conductor, composer, and violinist Gabriel Gordon and a host of featured guests discuss the Art of Listening.
In this episode of “The Art of Listening” Gabriel Gordon and Jeff Bradbury discuss how to best plan and run a symphonic rehearsal.
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- What is a rehearsal?
- When is a rehearsal … NOT a rehearsal?
- Planning a rehearsal?
- What do you need to be thinking about before the rehearsal?
- What should a conductor do to prepare for a rehearsal?
- Sharing rehearsal plans with the orchestra ahead of time
- What should a conductor bring to a rehearsal?
- Additional resources
- Notes / Outline
- What to do when you get to a rehearsal?
- Tips & Tricks
- Tips for Amateur Ensembles
- Tips for Professional Ensembles
- Should conductors help set up and tear down the room?
- Should the conductor be the first one in the hall?
- Tips & Tricks
- The art of starting on time
- Beginning a rehearsal
- Conductor Introductions
- Sharing the outline vs jumping in
- Best practices for working in rehearsal with an orchestra
- Youth, Community, Semi-professional, Professional Orchestra differences
- Rehearsal techniques
- Creating a rehearsal strategy over the course of many rehearsals
- How to start a new piece of music
- How to introduce a new piece of music
- When to talk … When to rehearse
- Should you let the stick do the talking?
- Podium Tricks
- How to inspire musicians of all levels to do their best
- Body language – yours and theirs
- 80 people all agreeing – a challenge in an ensemble and in life
- Concluding the rehearsal
- How to end a rehearsal professionally
- How to end a bad rehearsal
- How to end the penultimate rehearsal
- The Call to Action
- What should musicians do before the next rehearsal
- The post rehearsal conductor’s reflection
- How to get feedback about a rehearsal
- How to prepare for the next rehearsal
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