Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Concert Etiquette

Concert Etiquette

ARRIVE ON TIME: Allow sufficient time to arrive and be seated before the performance begins. If you are delayed, wait for the end of a selection and start of applause to enter the concert hall and be seated. This shows consideration for the performers and fellow audience members.

RECORD FROM DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY: Video equipment may ONLY be used on either side of the balcony or the back bay of the auditorium, which can be accessed from the inner lobby. For cell phone recordings, please be aware of those seated behind you so that all may enjoy the performance. Phones must remain lowered and you must remain seated.

DO NOT USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY: Flash photography can temporarily disrupt the vision of a performer and cause him/her to lose his/her place in the music or make unnecessary mistakes. Flash photography is also very distracting to other players and audience members.

REMAIN QUIET DURING THE PERFORMANCE: A concert is not a place to hold a conversation. Conversations are only appropriate during periods of applause and intermissions. The background noise generated distracts those around you and can be heard in the audio recordings. Cell phones should be silenced and screens should be dark. Similarly, the noise generated by candy and food wrappers is inconsiderate of the performers and fellow audience members. Please do not bring food or drink into the auditorium.

APPLAUSE: In orchestral performances, please wait for the conductor to lower his/her hands completely at the end of a selection. If the conductor’s hands remain raised after the orchestra has stopped playing, it means that the piece has additional movements that the conductor will begin shortly. When the conductor lowers his/her hands, it is the signal that all movements of the piece have been completed, and it is your signal to express your enjoyment through applause. In jazz, there are frequent soloists and those soloists are recognized at the end of their solos, even when they occur in the middle of the piece.

ESCORT YOUNG CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES: Be sure to supervise all young children when entering or exiting the concert hall. Holding their hand during this process prevents them from getting lost and helps avoid running in the aisle, which can result in injury, especially when the concert hall is dark. Whenever possible, please wait for a break in the performance so as not to disturb others.

ATTEND THE COMPLETE CONCERT: The performers have worked hard to prepare the program. Please do everything in your power to see them all perform. A large part of the GBYO experience is younger musicians seeing the older students perform as musicians learn a great deal from watching one another. Our community is strengthened by supporting fellow musicians in their efforts.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PERFORMANCE!