Not getting lost while waiting to make your entrance can be as difficult and stressful as playing the part! In the theater, actors and singers have assistant stage managers to help get them on stage at the correct moment, but we aren’t so lucky. Counting a long tacet is exhausting and can be very difficult, so safety measurets are necessary. Listen to the work many times and study the score to break down long tacets into manageable numbers. Note meter changes, major tempo changes, and add aural cues into your part. Aural cues should include major entrances that are obvious like cymbal crashes and violin solos.