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Conductor is not Followed – Then What?

If a piano accompanist does not do well with following the conductor’s gestures of tempo and dynamics, how should the conductor approach the pianist and help work with the accompanist to become better at following conductors?
 
I am both a piano accompanist and a conductor, but I am not always sure how to approach accompanists when he/she does not follow a conductor. I know that it is sometimes not easy to follow a conductor especially if the music is challenging or if the conductor is in a place which is hard for the piano player to see. However, it is crucial for the pianist to follow the conductor.
 
Thank you in advance for your help.
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on January 8, 2016 9:14am
I am curious about your physical circumstances:  why would the conductor be in a place where it is hard for the accompanist to see?
on January 8, 2016 12:50pm
I've been in plenty of churches where there is a challenging line of sight between the conductor and the organist, particularly if it set up for a concert instead of a church service.  I assume that's what Jared meant.
 
Kate
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on January 11, 2016 2:55pm
The question, though, was about a "piano accompanist."  I understand that organs are often in a fixed position with difficult line of sight, but a piano is movable.  Since it is indeed "crucial for the pianist to follow the conductor," what are the particular problems with this space, that the piano and the other musicians or singers cannot be placed in good, workable positions?  Is the choir huge?  Is there an orchestra involved?  Is it impossible to move the altar?
 
Also, there are two questions here.  Is it a line of sight problem or a follow-the-conductor problem?
on January 8, 2016 2:54pm
Can you work individually with the accompanist ahead of/separately from the main rehearsal?  Perhaps you can stand next to the piano, and speak/sing the lyrics.  Repeat any tricky places--tempo changes, fermati, cut offs--as needed.  Hopefully the accompanist understands that he/she must follow your lead so that the team of the two of you is always unified.  Best wishes! 
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on January 10, 2016 5:15pm
If the accompanist's ego is part of the concern, fall on your own sword (or baton as the case might be) tell them that you are new to working with them and it would really help you to conduct better if you could have some private practice with them. If your communication improves, it will be worth your sacrifice of pride.
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