[Menvi-discuss] Blind orchestral cellist/piano soloist

Leslie Hamric lhamric930 at comcast.net
Mon Sep 18 17:19:45 EDT 2017

hi Stephanie. How did you transcribe the music yourself? Did you have someone dictated you or did you just do it by ear?

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> On Sep 18, 2017, at 4:14 PM, Stephanie Pieck via Menvi-discuss <menvi-discuss at menvi.org> wrote:
> A few additional thoughts on blind orchestral musicians follow based on my own experience.
> Regarding playing with an orchestra: I played in school orchestras from fifth through twelfth grade, including first chair duties in both the full and chamber orchestras my senior year. I also played cello for the high school’s pit orchestras my first two years, and piano as a junior. After graduating, I majored in piano at college but occasionally played cello in various community orchestra situations, usually when people put together ad hoc groups and needed another cellist to fill things out.
> I used a combination of Braille music which I transcribed myself or recordings made by a conductor or colleague recording the cello part slightly under tempo. For my piano work, I always used Braille scores. On both instruments, I memorized my parts but carried Braille notes with me. I kept these under my chair as a cellist so I wouldn’t overcrowd the music stand of my partner—we always shared stands with two people to each stand. For piano, of course, the score could be up on the music rack.
> I used my cane in all performance situations and sighted guide to enter and leave stages.
> In the case of the piano orchestral work, I made sure to know the part in its entirety before the rehearsals, and I practiced with professional recordings. In this way, I was usually able to play things at a tempo much faster than would be called for in rehearsals. It also gave me a chance to become very familiar with what all the other parts sounded like and where mine fit in.
> Stephanie
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