A report on ChoirRehearsal and Orchestra

Evensong rehearsal in the quire of York Minster, showing carved choirstalls
Marco Ricci's "Prove per un'opera" ("Rehearsal of an Opera") depicts Pyrrhus and Demetrius being rehearsed at the Haymarket Theatre in 1709.
The Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in public performance at the Grain Hall of Toulouse
Egyptian Alexandria Jewish choir of Rabbin Moshe Cohen at Samuel Menashe synagogue, Alexandria, Egypt
Russian Ground Forces Guards during a dress rehearsal for a military parade in Alabino, Moscow Oblast.
Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the 2 March 1916 American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony
The boychoir Cantores Minores in the Helsinki Cathedral in 2013
Laura Liguori playing Lilya Brik during a production rehearsal of Mayakovsky and Stalin.
Conducting an orchestra
Lambrook School choir in the 1960s, a typical boys' school choir of the time
Jack Benny at a rehearsal with members of the California Junior Symphony Orchestra, 1959
Apo Hsu, using a baton, conducts the NTNU Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Republic of China
One possible layout
Steamcog band members at a rehearsal in September 2019.
Choir in front of the orchestra
Relief, now in Athens, showing Dionysus with actresses (possibly from The Bacchae) carrying masks and drums
Church singing, Tacuinum Sanitatis Casanatensis (14th century)
Luca della Robbia's Cantoria, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
Baroque cantata with one voice per part

For example, when a musician is preparing a piano concerto in their music studio, this is called practising, but when they practice it with an orchestra, this is called a rehearsal.

- Rehearsal

Choirs may sing without instrumental accompaniment, with the accompaniment of a piano or pipe organ, a small ensemble, or an orchestra.

- Choir

On the other end of the spectrum, a rehearsal can be held for a very large orchestra with over 100 performers and a choir.

- Rehearsal

However, in rehearsals, the conductor will often give verbal instructions to the ensemble, since they generally also serve as an artistic director who crafts the ensemble's interpretation of the music.

- Choir

The Ninth asks for a second pair of horns, for reasons similar to the "Eroica" (four horns has since become standard); Beethoven's use of piccolo, contrabassoon, trombones, and untuned percussion — plus chorus and vocal soloists — in his finale, are his earliest suggestion that the timbral boundaries of symphony might be expanded.

- Orchestra

However, in rehearsals, frequent interruptions allow the conductor to give verbal directions as to how the music should be played or sung.

- Orchestra
Evensong rehearsal in the quire of York Minster, showing carved choirstalls

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Herbert von Karajan conducting in 1941


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Herbert von Karajan conducting in 1941
Giuseppe Verdi conducting his opera Aida in 1881
Leonard Bernstein conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1985
Conductor's score and batons on a lit, extra-large conductor's music stand
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A conductor, Gerald Wilson, leads a jazz big band
A military conductor leads the U.S. Navy band during Memorial Day ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery.
David Baker, a music educator, composer and conductor, (far left) leads the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra during the NEA Jazz Masters awards ceremony and concert in 2008.

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert.

A conductor usually supplements their direction with verbal instructions to their musicians in rehearsal.