(For everyone, including leaders, participants, and collaborators.)
Ensembles are made of artists. The work/performance/art undertaken requires everyone’s input to happen.
Art happens in the space between people.
All ensemble members have the potential and responsibility to instigate creative change.
An ensemble needs to trust itself, and the constituent members trust each other.
Music making depends on respect.
All ensembles are pedagogic opportunities. Those who feel they aren’t learning or being challenged aren’t engaging with the ensemble enough.
If something isn’t working in an ensemble, look first to yourself.
It’s hard to be creative if you don’t know the notes. Everyone is responsible for their own part.
Rehearsals should positively impact the quality of the performers and the performance.
The evolution of a piece of art is unknown. Be open to change.
It’s called ‘playing music’ for a reason.
(Debate, discuss, and disagree.)