what future orchestra musicians must do: attend concerts

i want to let you in on a little ritual that you can do to improve your chance of winning an audition one day.

it’s something that isn’t an official part of your music curriculum…

it’s not something that you can put on your resume…

…but it’s something that, over a period of years, can transform the way you speak the language of music.

you must attend orchestra concerts. constantly.

in high school i went to at least one (sometimes two) detroit symphony concerts a week.

in college, i used to “stub-in” at carnegie hall and avery fisher concerts, which is a (probably illegal) process of standing on the street and begging people for their tickets just in case they’re leaving after the first half. 

i have a colleague in my orchestra who teaches at juilliard and i catch him regularly filling out piles of standing-room ticket requests for his students. he requires them to go see operas. 

it is a required activity

the judges at your next audition may not know that you’ve been attending orchestra concerts, but they’ll hear you as a more mature, musical player.

today’s video is about why attending orchestra concerts helps you so much, and how to prepare for them.

rob knopper

hailed by @nytimes and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes'. recorded delécluse: douze études for snare drum, percussionist in @metorchestra.