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  • New Research on Orchestra Fellowships Seeks Former Fellows
    Polyphonic Administrator - Feb 3, 2016
    Polyphonic Administrator

    Orchestras around the nation have responded in a variety of ways to the challenges of becoming more diverse and accessible institutions. Some have developed fellowship programs designed to support African American and Latino musicians moving from their formal music education into the ranks of professional players. The League of American Orchestras, which has a long

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  • El Sistema for Choruses
    Ann Drinan - Feb 1, 2016
    Ann Drinan

    The El Sistema movement has swept the American orchestral world, with a considerable number of the almost 120 after-school programs affiliated with a professional symphony orchestra. Polyphonic has written frequently about some of these orchestra-sponsored El Sistema programs. The Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA program are perhaps the best known,

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  • Being a Black Musician
    ThatViolaKid - Dec 2, 2015
    Being a Black Musician

    Classical music is very interesting. Although it explores a vast array of different backgrounds and walks of life, that array is mostly restricted to Western Europe and a select few regions of Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Asian, Native American, Indian, South American, and African music is vastly overlooked. When thinking about the diversity of many orchestras, or

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  • 3 Practices That Must Die
    ThatViolaKid - Nov 19, 2015
    3 Practices That Must Die

    It’s sometimes frustrating to try to imagine listening to Classical music for the first time. Most of us either grew up with it, or developed an obsession after hearing those first few notes, so the ideas of concert-going traditions are just something we do. Not something we ponder. Well, maybe we should! Why on Earth

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  • How Video Game Music Can Save Classical Music
    ThatViolaKid - Nov 2, 2015
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    It’s the thought that plagues all of our minds: “Classical Music is dying.” That is, if you care one way or another. Well, lately, I’ve been watching some of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, and they are absolute gold. I firmly believe that he and they New York Philharmonic inspired an entire generation of Classical

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