formal concert etiquette
It is important to instill in every student a set of values which stress proper manners associated with concert performances. Concert etiquette should be practiced at all concerts as well as those outside of our school. Concert etiquette is a part of your performance grade and what you learn about etiquette will be an important part of your life-long support of the performing arts. We want to make sure that everyone's performances are respected by the audience and that we show proper appreciation based on the particular venue.
Examples of Formal Concert Etiquette are as follows:
- If you bring small children with you, we understand that from time to time, little listeners can become restless. Should your child begin crying or suddenly become noisy, we would please ask that you exit the auditorium with your child until they become calmer. Our concerts may be recorded and so we like to keep distractions to a minimum.
- Please do not talk or text during performances. Appropriate times to do so are during applause.
- Clap appropriately with no vocal noises after a piece is finished. If, at the end of the performance, you would like to vocally show your appreciation, this is a better opportunity to do so.
- If you need to leave the auditorium for any reason, please leave during the applause between selections as quietly as possible.
- Please leave all electronic devices on off or silent mode.
- Please do not bring food or drink of any kind into the auditorium.
- When a piece has ended, always wait for the conductor's arms to come down to his/her side before applauding, thereby allowing a moment of silence for you and other audience members to savor the moment after the conclusion of the piece.
Someone once said "music is an exquisite soundscape, superimposed on a background of silence, and its existence is fragile". Please help us to make every performance the most enjoyable experience for performers and fellow audience members alike.