Instrumentalists and ASL

By  GALA Expert 

 May 27, 2023 


Tips for hiring instrumentalists and ASL interpreters at Festival 2024.

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Hiring Instrumentalists and ASL interpreters

As you are preparing for your Festival concert set be sure to review these tips.

  • Keep instrumentation simple – better yet sing a cappella or with piano.
  • Plan any instrumentation with the acoustics of your performance hall in mind.
  • Be ready for unknowns in amplification and sound reinforcement.
  • You may bring your own instrumentalists or contract with a Minneapolis instrumentalist manager who will contract union musicians. The basic cost for a union instrumentalist is $375 including your performance and up to 2 hours of rehearsal. Cartage fees are $35.
  • A list of certified ASL interpreters will be available by March 2024

Remember you only have 15 min for your chorus tech and sound check – 10 min tech for ensembles – so make sure your set is simple enough that you can tech within this timing.

Rehearsal Space Rental

Your tech rehearsal on stage is not a space to rehearse for your performance since the time is so limited.

Choirs may book an optional rehearsal space in Minneapolis prior to your performance for $120 per hour. Rehearsal time may be reserved in 30-min blocks with a maximum of 3 hours. Your rehearsal space rental includes water service, piano or keyboard, chairs, and one music stand. Additional music stands and a drum kit may be requested. Reserve through the Integra app.