Orchestra seating chart

Most orchestras use a fairly standard seating chart. Look at the chart below, and think about the following questions:

  • Why is the percussion section at the back of the orchestra?
  • Why are the violins, violas and cellos at the front?
  • Why do you think it’s a good idea for orchestras around the world to respect a standard seating arrangement?

 Take the quiz below to see if you can answer!

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For a funnier explanation (and a generally funny experience of watching a conductor), see the video below. The seating chart explanation begins at about 3:21.