How to be a Successful Large Ensemble Musician

Orchestras. Bands. Choirs. We all make music with large numbers of people. Doing so is a skill that isn’t as simple as “show up and do your thing,” and if that’s your mindset when you play/sing in large ensembles, then you’re doing it wrong. Here are some basic rules designed to make you into a better large ensemble musician.

About the author

Dana Huyge
Dana Huyge

Mr. Huyge is an accomplished musician as a violist, violinist, and singer. He holds a bachelors degree in music performance from the University of Michigan where he studied viola with Yizhak Schotten, and voice with Carmen Pelton and Stephen West. Further studies ensued at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied viola with George Taylor and Peter Slowik, and voice with David O’Donnell, and received a masters degree in performance and literature in the spring of 2011.

Mr. Huyge holds position with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Glens Falls Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is the Principal Violist. He is constantly engaged in chamber and solo recitals, including his one year appointment as violist of the Rochester based string quintet Gibbs & Main. He has sung with the University of Rochester YellowJackets, and small ensembles at various venues, and has played in masterclasses and coachings with such artists as Simon Carrington, Susan Dubois, Edward Parmentier, Carol Rodland, Andrew Jennings, the Takacs Quartet, members of the Ying Quartet, 8th Blackbird, and Time for Three.

An enthusiast of education, Mr. Huyge maintained a private teaching studio since 2008. Additionally, he has been involved with the Eastman Community School, and Eastman’s Public School #17 after-school lesson program. He has received his Suzuki certification for violin and viola through Book One from the Ithaca College Teacher Training Institute, and is currently employed as an Artist-in-Residence at Hartwick College.