Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tips for Orchestrating Practices

If you've hired musicians who are going to collaborate for your special event, it is important for those musicians to practice together--especially if they haven't played together before. This practice is important for a number of reasons: 1. the musicians can work out kinks in the music 2. the musicians can work out things like transitions, dynamics, tempos, and breaks and 3. you get to hear the piece before your event and change things to fit your preference. This third point is one of the most neglected areas--partly because the coordinator of the event is usually too busy with other things to attend this rehearsal--but it is critical in determining preference of style. It can't be assumed that a musician will know exactly what style you would like a song to be performed if you haven't told them, so either be specific about the song, or be present at the rehearsal to direct any changes necessary. For more information, contact me at