Guest or alternate conductor etiquette
So I recently became concertmaster and realized at my first concert in the principal chair I don't know the answer to this. Here's the scenario:
Orchestra conductor introduces the chorus conductor or a guest conductor for a number, then returns to the stage for the song after theirs. I assume I should have the ensemble stand to greet him back, but it seems awkward and I got strange looks from other musicians when I gave them a "let's stand" look.
Anyone know how to handle the situation?
Do what you feel like doing and ask if the other members of your group appreciate it.
Interesting. Over here in the UK we (amateurs) never stand to greet or show respect to our conductors or soloists. At the end we stand to acknowledge the applause. You could call it socialism
If you do spontaneously stand to greet a conductor, do it once.
All conductors get treated as if they were G-d. Act accordingly.
So you could ask the conductor in advance what (s)he prefers.
Or take a vote whether the conductor really deserves it? You could call it democracy
Thanks for the responses! Looks like consensus is to remain seated when the conductor returns after a guest conductor leaves.
I would agree with all of the above statements. I just think its a bit odd
In my community orchestra, we stand to acknowledge guest conductors. We only stand when a conductor appears to conduct their first piece, though.
Do you/should you also stand when a soloist comes on in mid-programme? Does the conductor go off to collect them?
another etiquette thing is, don't call a concert or symphony or whatever, a "song", unless there is a singer involved. (If there are more singers involved, though, chances are it's an oratorio or opera.)
One of my orchestras stands at the beginning of the concert and after the intermission; the other only stands at the beginning of the concert. This is the case regardless of whether a guest conductor conducts part of a concert. (This has only happened once in each orchestra in the time I've been with them. A guest conductor for an entire concert is more frequent.)
If your community orchestra is full of senior citizens, standing more frequently is probably a good idea so nobody gets deep-vein thrombosis.
Good one, Paul!
Steve, we do not.
Seems a bit unfair on the soloist, not to give them similar respect. I've sometimes thought it might be good to greet the conductor with a brief snippet from Handel ("See, the conqu'ring hero..", Alleluia!"?), or Colonel Bogey
Ask the conductor for their preference on when the orchestra stands. When in doubt, never stand unless invited to by the conductor...and certainly never when the soloist makes their entrance. Some concertmasters feel as though they should have the orchestra stand upon hearing applause. Nope...the conductor drives the ship.
Lydia, in a program with multiple conductors, we still only stand at the beginning of the concert when the conductor for the first piece enters...and maybe at the beginning of the 2nd half if indicated to do so by the conductor (but that is rare).
Andy Victor :)