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Biographies of soloists and instrumentalists in concert program

This is a choral concert and we have five vocal soloists, an accompanist and two other instrumentalists. Do I list the vocal soloists in alpha order, or in order of performance? Does the accompanist lead off the three instrumental listings, or is it alpha order again? Lastly, do the instrumentalists get merged with the vocal sololists in the biographies or do they appear after the soloists? Thank you for sharing any protocol that might exist!
on November 11, 2015 8:29pm
The question is about the order in which to list soloists and other individual participants both on the program page and among the artist biographies.
Before responding directly, I will suggest that you don't have "an accompanist and two other instrumentalists;" you have three instrumental collaborators, each one of whom is a soloist.
Vocal soloists are listed in vocal order: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, unless one (or more) of those parts is significantly larger or more elaborate than the others, or if one of the soloists is significantly more prominent (famous) than the others.
With instrumental soloists the convention is less clear. I'd probably place a keyboard player last (but not least, obviously). Instrumentalists after vocal soloists.
Conductor last.
The bios should follow the order on the program page, except that the conductor's is typically first.
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on November 12, 2015 7:21am
I always list vocal soloists in order of performance. I would list the two other instrumentalists first and then the accompanist but list them all three in the same category as in:
John Smith, Violin
Jane Smith, Cello
John Doe, Piano
I would put all the bios together in alphabetical order.
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