A fine without strings
"Keep your bows up until the conductor lowers his hands."
We've all heard it before. But when the piece doesn't have strings playing the last note, measure, or even the last twenty measures, what should you do? End in semirest position? End in resting position? Hold your instrument up and pretend to play the last note?
Instrument up, look alert.
If there is enough rest toward the end of the piece that you can slowly take your violin down without any jerky motions, definitely do that and end in resting position.
Do exactly what your section principal does. They're getting paid the big bucks to make these kinds of decisions for you.
What Paul said. Section principals should be watching the concertmaster; concertmaster makes the decision, possibly consulting the conductor if necessary.
If it's the last twenty measures of a slow, quiet piece, most likely string players with rests will unobtrusively lower their instruments to a resting position. That's a long time to be sitting with arms up. But I agree with the advice to watch the concertmaster or section leader. If the conductor's request to keep instruments up is unreasonable, it's the concertmaster's job to negotiate the conductor away from that.
As Paul, Lydia and Mary Ellen have said, always follow your section leader who should be following the concertmaster who should be doing something agreed upon with the conductor.
A fine for playing without strings seems a little harsh. How about being sent into the corner?
The answer has got to be Haydn's "Farewell" symphony!
Who indeed is going to be so unfortunate as to be fined for playing without strings - the composer (who may well be no longer around, so you'll have to contact their descendants), the conductor, sections of the orchestra (brass and woodwind come to mind), a brass band, or even the string sections themselves?
Elise, a single fine shouldn't worry you as a scientist. It's when you get all these multiple fines like the colloidal charcoal that makes it through the filter, that you need to worry.
When I first read the title of this thread, my immediate response was exactly what Elise said. I thought, "Fine?? What fine?"
I expect a pitta without a tasty kebab inside IS a PITA!
Colloidal selenium is a by-product of oxidations using SeO2. It's red and it goes right through silica gel or diatomaceous earth. Fortunately we (like many others before us) were able to use catalytic SeO2 with hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant.
No such luck when you're dealing with colloidal charcoal!
Thanks for the responses! I am the concertmaster, so I'm trying to figure out what other orchestras do so I can have our strings follow suit.