S1E4: The Concert: Creating An Emotional Journey

How to structure a concert

  • What is the emotional arc of the performance?
  • How do you want the audience to feel?
  • Engaging the audience from (before) the first note

Transfigured Night - Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (YouTube video)

Completing The Circle - Considerations for Change in the Performance of Music, Bud Beyer (book)

Methods for planning the shape of a concert

  • Using playlists to plan transitions
  • Common pitfalls in concert sequencing

Download the Concert Shapes Inspiration PDF

Action Step

  1. Take music you have already selected for a performance. Write the titles on small pieces of paper. Play with the different orders of pieces. Draw a shape of the emotional journey of the concert for each different program order.

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S1E7: Engaging Players and Audiences with Thematic Programming

The how and why of thematic programming to engage your players and (new) audiences.


S1E6: Discernment: How to Pick Quality Music

How do we determine artistic excellence? How do we select music that is appropriate for our ensembles, audiences and performances?


S1E5: Finding New Music: Being A Repertoire Detective

Where and how to look for new repertoire.


S1E4: The Concert: Creating An Emotional Journey

Curating transformative experiences for performers and audiences.


S1E3: Creating Balanced, Contrasting Programs

Make your audience and players hungry for more with programs that are varied and balanced.


S1E2: Make Real Music Faster with Appropriate Repertoire

Get to real music making faster by selecting appropriate music. 8 Common ensemble problems caused by repertoire choice and how to avoid them. The 80/20 rule for selecting music that is the right level for your ensemble.


S1E1: Setting Goals for Guaranteed Growth and Learning

The building blocks of repertoire selection: where do you want to go, and how long have you got to get there? Tools and strategies to feel ready and prepared for every performance. Set goals that ensure your ensemble members progress holistically throughout the year, both as musicians and as people.