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All Things Jazz

A visit with Arthur White, Assistant Professor, School of Music

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: jazz jazz ensemble Missouri Theatre performance Ron Dziubla

From Preparation to Performance

Topics: rehearsals performance

From selecting charts and arrangements to planning the nitty-gritty details of rehearsals, considerable work goes into preparing for concert performance. “Sight reading is a very important skill,” remarks former director Leibinger, “and the more you sight read, the better you are going to get.” Being able to take a brand new score, and breathe life into the notes on the page is a wondrous thing. After a few weeks, they begin focusing on the harder parts. As concert day nears, the director and band must quickly determine how to spend the remaining practice time.