[Menvi-discuss] following an orchestra conductor

Kaiti Shelton crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 19:18:24 EDT 2012

On 4/10/12, Rick Coates <coatesncr at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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