When was the last time that you were in the audience of an ensemble? Going to other performances allows you to see what other ensembles are doing, and it can provide insight into what your ensemble is doing. Maybe you use the same theater, and you notice that the ushers don’t show people all the way to their seats. Maybe the ensemble starts 10 minutes late. Does the ensemble tune? How do they structure their concert? How long is the performance? Does the audience shift restlessly in their seats? Do they smile? Do they chat excitedly as they leave? You’re in a strange position to notice these things. When you’re with your own ensemble, you might get lost in all the details and responsibility. At someone else’s concert, you can sit back, enjoy, and notice the audience.