The Musician

a journey into audience participation

As an orchestra musician, you are a trained professional. For years you have been practicing the canon of classical repertoire, focusing on perfecting technical and musical skills. You are able to rehearse the ‘great’ works of the classical music canon, often in a very limited time, and are trained to perform these works with stylistic refinement in concert halls. The routines of thinking and working, by which you master and perform your musical skills, are clear.

But what happens when these routines are no longer self-evident or present? When performing outside of the concert-hall, for non-regular concert audiences, or in an experimental setting, these routines and ideals may no longer work. What does it take to perform in a new context? How do you rehearse for non-regular concert audiences? And how do you deal with the uncertainties that such experimental performances bring?

Experimenting with audience participation can challenge some of the most basic routines of orchestra musicians, and can require a variety of non-traditional thinking and extra-musical skills. In this journey you can explore some of these challenges and skills of thinking, rehearsing and performing classical music differently.

Choose a particular theme to continue your journey:

Skills of Imagining an Audience

Audiences are everywhere. They are not only seated in the concert hall, but they also exist in your mind when rehearsing and performing. How do routines of thinking regarding rehearsing and performing change when you take a particular audience in your mind?

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Breaking Barriers: the Orchestra as Collective

An orchestra seems to function as a machine, with strict hierarchies and division of roles. But the orchestra is also an organic organization of different people, all working together to make fantastic concerts and educational programs possible. What is your role as musician in the organization of the orchestra? How can you foster a greater sense of agency and responsibility in new performance contexts?

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Explore a different character

What does audience participation mean from another perspective? Select a character to continue your journey into audience participation!