[Menvi-discuss] following an orchestra conductor

Kaiti Shelton crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 19:23:25 EDT 2012

Sorry for that last blank message.

Anyway, you'll probably hear this from a lot of other people, but I've
never been in a situation where a system wasn't able to be worked out.
 (I've even done foot cues with a stand partner in an honor band
concert before since we both had our hands full, and it worked out
great).  Arm/hand cues, or discrete whispers are really not that
noticeable to an audience.  Just find a system that works for you and
make sure whoever is helping you out knows which cues mean cut offs,
dynamic changes, etc.

On 4/10/12, Kaiti Shelton <crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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