Facilitating performance guidance from the conductor or from an experienced section member throughout their section.
Encouraging regular attendance and ensuring that information related to attendance and concert participation is communicated to the BOD and the conductor.
Whenever possible, woodwind and brass principals taking part in the audition of new section member candidates.
Encouraging members of their section who have demonstrated the necessary proficiency to occasionally accept a more challenging performance role (i.e. by offering the 1st or other solo part). The switching of chairs is to be worked out in advance in consultation with the conductor.
Submitting to the conductor seating and solo assignment advance requests for the upcoming CCO concert or season wherever these deviate from the normal seating and assignments.
Acting as the ombudsman for their section by negotiating an equitable resolution of minor issues that may arise from time-to-time or bringing them to the attention of the conductor and/or board so that they may be addressed at an early stage to promote harmony.
As stated in the By-Laws, the Music Committee and BOD and their authorized representatives are responsible for selecting and appointing provisional members through an audition process which normally involves participation in a chamber music session with other CCO members. Provisional members will be appointed to full membership after completing a full season of satisfactory performance with the orchestra.
One player in each section is assigned by a consensus of the Music Committee and with the approval of the conductor to be the principal player in each section.
CCO does not make co-principal appointments
Principal players (excluding the concertmaster who occupies a special musical and leadership position) are chosen by considering:
• performance capabilities
• leadership qualities
• commitment to the orchestra
Principal players help to maintain the highest standards of performance throughout their section by: