Small_usc-thortnton-logo Orchestra Etiquette: 10 Ways To Be a Great Colleague

Reflections | Kristy Morrell, French Horn
Bt_movie_not_in_use Intro 00h:00m:00s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #1: Practice at home, not while the orchestra is warming up 00h:01m:16s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #2: It is not about you – section playing is teamwork 00h:01m:34s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #3: Remember to be kind 00h:01m:42s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #4: Do not gossip 00h:02m:15s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #5: Only offer opinions when asked 00h:02m:41s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #6: Do not bring your personal problems to work 00h:02m:48s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #7: Do not criticize other sections 00h:03m:01s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #8: Know your role in the section, in the orchestra and in the music 00h:03m:15s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #9: Always be punctual 00h:03m:33s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Tip #10: Be accommodating 00h:04m:01s


Kristy Morrell, faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, discusses orchestra etiquette and offers ten ways to be a great colleague.



Kristy Morrell
French Horn

Kristy Morrell is a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Music, and the principal French Horn instructor at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She has been a member of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1997, and performs frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony and New West Symphony. She is also a respected recording artist, performing on numerous motion pictures, television soundtracks and records.
Kristy has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where she also received her Master of Music. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. In 1993 she was the First Place winner of the International Horn Society solo competition, and in 1997 she was the First Place winner of the solo competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Her principal teachers were Verne Reynolds, Vincent DeRosa and James Decker.
She resides in Southern California with her husband Steve, daughter Libby, and son, Russell.