I have been a member of a small Arts Council Orchestra for nearly a year now (enjoying it very much) and am aware that I need to 'step it up a bit' regarding practicing at home.
I have a teacher for Oboe and my usual routine is to spend about half an hour on scales/technical exercises and then another half hour + on pieces. If I have the time/energy after that then I usually tag about 20mins on the end to go through the current orchestral pieces. Alot of them are fairly straightforward (2nd Oboe) and some are more difficult and I spend time working out the rhythms and best fingerings. Alot of the time at orchestra it is the counting rests which requires alot of concentration especially if it is a fast piece.
The other evening for the first time I was the only oboe and it made me realize how much I was 'leaning' on my fellow oboists and that I need to be more confident with each entry. So I came to the conclusion that I need to do alot more focused orchestral practice and wondered how everyone else practices this on top of usual teacher/exam type practice. Do you alternate days or do half and half? and how exactly do you practice your line, especially with lots of long rests?