This book contains collective insights from some of the most inspirational full orchestra conductors and teachers in the United States. They reveal their ideas on rehearsal preparation and score study, warm-up strategies, favorite repertoire, intonation, balance, blend, expression, recruiting, and building a culture of success in the ensemble. You will surely be inspired by this diverse set of musician-educators as they share their ideas, approaches, and strategies in Rehearsing the Full Orchestra.
It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers, who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing, and shout the big dreams. (Leonard Bernstein)
Kanas State University
I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out. (Geddy Lee, RUSH)
—Liza Grossman | Artistic Director + Conductor
Kaboom Collective Studio Orchestra
Success breeds success.
Wichita State University
There are two ways to spread light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. (Edith Wharton)
Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra/Anderson High School
Leave no stone unturned.
— Daniel Myssyk
Virginia Commonwealth University/Richmond Symphony
Hard work beats talent. (Tim Notke)
—Soon Hee Newbold
To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable. (Ludwig van Beethoven)
— Jim Palmer
Allatoona High School
Be kind, work hard, stay humble. (based on a quote by Brad Meltzer)
— Naima Burrs
Petersburg Symphony/Virginia State University