Who cares which hand I carry my folder in? (and other silliness)
Date: April 1, 2009
As a choral singer, I've often envied members of orchestras, in that they can just wander onto the stage whenever they feel like it, start warming up, do crossword puzzles, etc., until it's time to tune and then start a concert.
Choristers, OTOH, must march into the performance space, almost in lock step, all carefully holding their music folders in the "proper hand." We have to step onto and off of the risers in a prescribed manner and heaven help anyone who doesn't precisely execute these maneuvers. For those of you who saw the movie "Sister Act 2," you might recall the sychronized entrance of one of the competing choirs (conducted by William D. Hall), which I found to be a charicature of this phenomenon.
Does anyone else think that we "choral folks" are just a little "uptight" about concert etiquette?
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