Concert Etiquette

Concert etiquette can be hard and confusing to understand sometimes: that’s okay!

Walton Orchestra believes that teaching young musicians proper concert etiquette can help the group playing and the enjoyment of the listener. Here are a couple of the do’s and don’ts of classical concerts!


    • Sit quietly and respectfully
    • Clap when the song is over
    • Clap when a solo is finished
    • Move into the audience between pieces or groups
    • Put your phone on silent
    • Remove an upset small child immediately
    • Stop talking when the director introduces the concertmaster/ concertmistress


    • Talk: Be respectful! You can talk after!
    • Check your phone or play on your phone
    • Get up in the middle of a piece
    • Be late
    • Bring food into the theater
    • Clap between movements, if there are 2 or more
    • Wear a hat in the theater
    • Block anyone if you are filming

Written by Sophie Beaudet, Orchestra President 2019-2020