Request info about 'protocols' of a performance with instrumentalists
My music degree was in Vocal/Choral K-12. As such, I have only marginal awareness of what happens WHEN, with instrumental ensembles. I'm creating a performance wherein music AND choreography (stage-business) is included. My impression is this:
1) the instrumentalists enter the stage, take their seats, perhaps warm up a bit
2) eventually the players taper-off their warm up, and somehow a time is given for all players to tune-up. Doesn't the oboe usually give the reference pitch?
3) the conductor enters, readies his music
4) when the conductor takes baton in hand or raises hand(s), all instrumentalists get their instruments ready to play
5) the conductor begins directing
Usually, the conductor steps onto a platform from which he is better seen by the players.
My project will have 'blocks' of music played, and between those blocks, there will be various silent interactions between the conductor & players. What I hope for is NO APPLAUSE at the end of each block. Meaning, do most audiences hold back applause until they see the conductor step off the platform?
My ensemble will be 10 players. This size group probably won't have any concert-master, or concert-mistress who shakes hands with the conductor, right?
If needed, I'll add questions based on feedback. Appreciated.