Concert Etiquette

We are a children’s choir and we hope children of ALL ages will be part of our audience. However, here are a few suggestions pertaining to Concert Etiquette for children and adults alike.

  1. Enter the concert location quietly. Once you have been seated, be alert to activity on the stage as the musicians take their place for the concert.
  2. When the conductor enters, it is customary to applaud politely. Whistling, yelling, or screaming is not appropriate at any time before, during, or after a concert.
  3. Never stand or move around while music is being performed. It distracts listeners around you, as well as the performers. If you must leave for any reason, wait until a piece is finished, and the audience is applauding. Also, return to your seat only between numbers.
  4. It is impolite to talk, or even whisper, while the music is being performed. Listeners and performers are also distracted by sounds from programs, candy wrappers, jewelry and other objects. Remain still, and be thoughtful of others by talking or making sounds only between numbers.
  5. If you must cough or sneeze while the music is being performed, always try to muffle the sound with a tissue or handkerchief. Wait until the piece is finished if possible.
  6. If babies become restless or toddlers wiggly to the point of distraction, it is certainly appropriate to step out of the room as soon as possible for a time until things become more settled. This is common courtesy for the rest of the audience and the singers.  It may be prudent to sit on an aisle, so that an easy escape is possible.
  7. Photographs should be taken between songs, not during the singing as they can be distracting (if done with a flash.)
  8. Watch the conductor when the music stops to decide whether or not to applaud. Some musical works have several parts or movements and the audience is expected to applaud only after all movements have been performed.