S2E4: Plan, Reflect Adapt - How to Make Progress in Rehearsal

This episode, we're discussing the nitty-gritty of what musicians need from conductors in the middle part of the rehearsal process. Our experiences and insights cover everything from preparation and planning for rehearsals to honing your listening skills for effective problem-solving.

Listen in as we further explore rehearsal planning and feedback. We discuss the importance of understanding the music's intention and conveying it effectively to the ensemble. We also touch on the crucial aspect of post-rehearsal reflection and review, with tips on how to effectively implement it. Memory and note-taking during rehearsals also play a significant role, and we elaborate on how to use them to your advantage.

Communication and feedback in conducting take centre stage in our conversation. We highlight how conductors can optimally give and receive feedback, including non-verbally. We delve into the importance of striking a balance between providing continuous feedback and letting the ensemble find their rhythm. Additionally, we shed light on the psychological aspects of conducting during these crucial middle rehearsals.

S2E7: Memorable Performances - Balancing Stability vs. Risk Taking

How do you plan for and reveal that extra level of energy in the performance and connect meaningfully with the audience? What's required to balance stability vs. risk-taking onstage? How can we best use limited sound-check time to instil confidence while meeting everyone's needs and preserving energy?


S2E6: Final Rehearsals - Cultivating Confidence and Security

What's the goal of final rehearsals? How do we ensure preparedness while keeping the music fresh? How do we need to adapt our rehearsals to build confidence in groups that perform rarely vs. those that perform often? What's the value of practicing performing, rather than just rehearsing? We tackle all this and more in this episode focussed on final rehearsals and sound checks.


S2E5: Fostering Engagement with Questions, Conviction & Repetition

How do you know when to keep working at a passage or just move on? How do you balance your own interpretation vs. making space for the musicians' ideas? What's the role of non-verbal communication in effective rehearsals? What might we learn from taking more notice of what's going on in the room?