[Menvi-discuss] following an orchestra conductor

Rick Coates coatesncr at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 19:12:14 EDT 2012

Hello Kelsey:

As a band director of a blind concert band, I generally give my students
verbal cues regarding starting and stopping any movement.  Such a process
requires more than just one rehearsal.  I would advise you to contact the
orchestra conductor either directly or through a contact person to go over
your needs and challenges.  A good conductor will be able to devise an
appropriate method that will show respect for everyone who performs.
Should the conductor decide for some reason that it is better to do silent
cuing, then I would suggest getting another set of eyes to assist you.
Best of luck.  Rick Coates

On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM, Kelsey Nicolay <piano.girl0299 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello,
> 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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