When It Gets Tough

I’m looking ahead to when the rehearsals get challenging–intonation sags, notes aren’t learned, focus is nonexistent.

It’s a guaranteed part of being in a group of people.

It’s easy, in those moments to point fingers, blaming others in the ensemble. It’s easy to let progress stop, to let negativity rule the rehearsal.

But remember:

  1. We’re working for the same goal.
  2. We’re all human: capable of failure, desirous of success.
  3. Blame and recriminations are not productive.

And most importantly, the conductors – the leaders – must lead. We must stand up, show the group the way forward, and speak with words that guide, teach, and unite.