PT49: “Keys to a Successful Rehearsal,” with Donald Schleicher

Today we discuss: Creating a Positive Rehearsal Environment, how to use your conducting to encourage listening within the ensemble, and the question you should ask yourself before every rehearsal.

As we gathered for our first discussion with Maestro Schleicher at last month’s ICI workshop in Boulder, we expected a general Q&A over many topics. How surprised were we when he pulled out his briefcase and read us a list of prepared presentations he’s made at workshops around the world! They included Score Study, The 12 Ingredients for a Great Conductor, Opera, Rehearsal Technique, Winds for the non-wind conductor, Percussion for the non-percussionist, and more. He brought examples of his form charts for the score study discussion, his maps of every scene in Cosi and Boheme for the opera discussion, and a bulleted list of topics for every other. And how grateful was I when he allowed me to record this presentation on rehearsal technique for a special Podium Time Episode! 

This week we discuss:

  • Creating a Positive Rehearsal Environment:
  • How culture affects the orchestra’s view on rehearsals
  • 4 Key success factors
  • The question to ask yourself before every rehearsal
  • Conducting the Positive
  • Teaching younger groups to watch
  • Tend to the physical environment
  • On Tuning
  • Meet an orchestra by gesture, not talk
  • A trick to get orchestras back from break at the right time.
  • The best rehearsers are the best practicers on their instrument
  • Why you should self-study after each rehearsal
  • Give your gestures with trust
  • How to use your conducting to encourage listening within the ensemble
  • The eyes are not as true as the ears
  • You must have the ultimate confidence in the dress rehearsal
  • Your relationships with the musicians
  • Treat every group one level higher than they are
  • How to conduct orchestras with a wide range of experience

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PT48: “Study Scores!” with Ching-Chun Lai

From Gunther Schuller and Frank Battisti, Ching-Chun Lai learned how to approach scores as a composer and identify style and architecture. Today we speak about that and more as Ching-Chun walks us through her score study process, building the most important foundations of a conducting education, and making the most of your resources as a student. Plus, we talk about some of the drawbacks of getting a job right out of school and how to prepare for effective rehearsals.

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This week we discuss:

  • Ching-Chun’s Path to the Podium
  • Crane School of Music
  • Working on the details with Gunther Schuller
  • Studying the score like a composer
  • A walk through the score study process
  • Preparing for efficient rehearsal
  • Distancing yourself from a work you know aurally
  • Eight Songs for a Mad King
  • Foundations of a conducting education
  • Learn what you can about every instrument
  • Gstaad Mehunin Festival Academy
  • Drawbacks of getting a job early
  • Hidden Gems:
  • Ching-Chun’s billboard

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