Sinfonietta Seating Explanation

As the conductor of Sinfonietta my seating (chart) assignments usually change every week. I believe in moving players around, they get to know each other and it gives them an opportunity to develop a better sense of ensemble playing. Performing up front does not mean they are better players, playing in the middle does not mean they are in the safe zone and playing in back does not mean they are the weaker player. Placement in back usually means you are a strong, secure player with a good ear.

Position in the ensemble is influenced by, years of experience, age, gender, personality, leadership and musicianship. I believe that a younger player will learn from sitting next to an experienced player. I also am aware that age difference can be intimidating. Two years difference in age can be a big deal when you are nine or ten. With gender, the usual seating is girl/girl and boy/boy, especially at the beginning of the concert season. Other factors to consider are personality traits, example, extraverts/introverts, positive/negative attitudes, passive/aggressive behaviors, which plays into the overall ensemble’s performance. Occasionally, size of the student plays into placement, especially if they are too small and can’t see the conductor.

Remember, I not aware of all the personal struggles that go on in the orchestra and I welcome parent and player concerns/suggestions.
During the first few rehearsals I look for section leaders and a concert master. These responsibilities  usually change every concert cycle. Choice on these positions are based on leadership and musicianship.

It is my goal to give your child the best musical experience possible and I feel that flexibility in seating helps in teaching early ensemble playing.

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