John Roscigno put it all in perspective: by the time he's waving his hands around in performance, his real work as a conductor has long since been finished.
In preparation for coming to speak to the Arts Council this past Monday, Music Faculty member and conductor, John Roscigno, told us how he had sat down and typed out exactly what he did as a conductor. To his surprise, his list broke down into four major categories, with each getting successively shorter the closer they were to the performance date. In fact, his fourth and last category could basically be summed up as: conduct the performance.
Here's a taste of a few items from the first three categories:
• Selects repertoire for each performance (starting with a long list and whittling down as he goes) Is there a theme?
• Auditions students (includes marking up and distributing scores to the students to practice for their auditions)
• Selects players, including their rotation (1st chair, 2nd chair, etc.)
• Meets with soloists and the composers of any original pieces on the program
• Hires extra players as needed (fourteen musicians were hired for the upcoming concerts, including two harpists)
• Studies scores (decide how to interpret the composer's intentions for each piece)
• Writes bowing markings in each string player's score
• Fills folders with music for each musician
• Plans rehearsals
(and now we're nearing the day of the concert...)
• Plans out all concert day logistics, venue diagrams for set up, ticketing information
• Prepares paperwork to pay musicians
• Meets with venue staff
• Runs rehearsals
Clearly, there's much, much more involved than standing in front of a large audience and getting in an upper body workout! With his upcoming orchestra performances this Sunday and Monday (May 5th and 6th at VPAC), we were very lucky to have had John to ourselves for an hour. For more information on Sunday's CSUN Youth Orchestra Gala Finale 2013, click here. John will be performing Gershwin's Concerto in F - a rare opportunity to hear him solo in performance! For Monday's CSUN Symphony Orchestra performance of The Planets, click here.