A seven-step guide to nailing it on the first day
—by Grace Browning
Whether you’re the new kid in youth orchestra or you’re stepping into your first day at a new gig, the first rehearsal is always one of the most thrilling and slightly terrifying experiences as a harpist. Unlike other sections in the orchestra who have the luxury of multiple players to one part, the harp is usually solo. To quote Spiderman: “With great power comes great responsibility.” As superhero harpists, it’s our unique responsibility to be 110 percent prepared from the first day so we can contribute our best and focus on the music making. After 20 years of ensemble playing, here’s my fool-proof guide for a knock-out first rehearsal.