It’s an exciting experience to play with an orchestra! You are part of a large team, your part is important, and yet the others are there to cover for you when you miss a few notes. You will enjoy this experience!
To make the most of it, here are a couple tips to keep in mind. Keep a close eye on the conductor! We mostly watch him with our peripheral vision, however I like to make eye contact frequently so he knows I am paying attention to him. With some conducting experience behind me, I know what it feels like to wonder if anyone is actually watching! Especially pay attention to any cut offs, even in the middle of a phrase during rehearsal.
Keep your pencil handy! Make a friend by having a spare available, someone always seems to need an extra!
You will be ahead of the game if you practice your orchestra music at home and always come prepared. It will not go unnoticed.
As far as the performance, just remind yourself that everyone in the audience wants to hear you play! And they don’t mind a wrong note here and there, that is part of the joy of live music.
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