[Menvi-discuss] following an orchestra conductor

Brandon Keith Biggs brandonboy13 at comcast.net
Tue Apr 10 18:32:19 EDT 2012

I haven't been in choir for many years, but I was always behind everyone 
because I was a bass, so we could whap each other and the audience probably 
wouldn't notice. So I had someone next to me tap the back of my hand with 
the back of their hand if there was random cut offs that were not normal.
If you are like a soloist, then that is a different matter and you'd 
probably have to work a system out with the conductor...
Otherwise just be on your toes and sing quietly.

Brandon Keith Biggs
-----Original Message----- 
From: Kelsey Nicolay
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:46 AM
To: menvi-discuss at menvi.org
Subject: [Menvi-discuss] following an orchestra conductor

I know there was a similar thread on this earkier, but my
question is as follows: I am performing "Carmina Burana" with my
community choir and our city's symmrhoy orchestra.  The orchestra
conductor is going to be giving the choir cues that are not in
the music such as cut-offs.  I am totally blind so I can't see
when the conductor is making a gesture to tell us something.  I
don't want to call attention to the fact that I am blind, but at
the same time, I don't want to stick out because I am still
holding a note or not coming in when the other choir members are
already singing.  What can I do about this, is it ok to ask a
fellow choir member to give me a secret signal during the concert
and give me a cue when to stand up or sit down or do I just need
to listen to the other choir members for cues?
Thanks in advance,

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