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  • Are You a Musical Code-Switcher?
    Daniel Isbell, Ph.D. & Ann Marie Stanley, Ph.D. - Jun 22, 2015

    Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? 1. You perform with the symphony in the afternoon, then change out of your formal black, throw your music stand in the trunk, and head straight to a gig with your rock band. 2. On Sunday morning, you accompany a gospel church service, then have an intense chamber

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  • Hidden Messages: New Vintage Baroque’s Second Season
    Francis Liu - Jun 18, 2015

    It seems counterintuitive: how is it that so many musicians dedicate their lives to the study and practice of repertoire written so long ago by composers who no longer walk the earth? Look deep into the music, however, and one will find within it a vitality that is ripe for the harvest. This vitality is

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  • Cavalcade of baby conductors
    Robert Levine - Jun 17, 2015
    Robert Levine

    My orchestra had auditions for assistant conductor today. We saw six candidates for about 30 minutes each. It was an interesting experience, although not very enjoyable. A few I liked; a few I didn’t. But what struck me most was what always strikes me when dealing with young conductors; their failure to follow my two

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  • Is Classical Music Dying??
    ThatViolaKid - Jun 4, 2015
    Is Classical Music Dying??

    Hey guys! TVK here! Have you ever been asked if Classical Music is dying? I certainly have; the question ranks a close second to “What the heck is a viola??” Well, IS Classical Music dying? In my humble opinion, I don’t think it is. I think that the decline in interest with mainstream culture is

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  • Updates from the Real World: Lessons Learned from Year One
    Zachary Preucil - May 28, 2015

    Well, folks, I’ve done it! As of Monday, May 18th, I’ve survived one whole year in the “real world.” It’s been a whirlwind twelve months, filled with new opportunities, experiences, and perspectives, and so in light of this anniversary, I’d like to take the opportunity to share some of the many insights I’ve gained along

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  • An Account from Cuba
    Zachary Preucil - May 21, 2015

    Unless you’re living under a rock (or in a practice room), you knew about the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic tour to Cuba last week. Presenting two concerts on May 15th and 16th, the orchestra’s visit marked the first significant cultural exchange between America and Cuba following President Obama’s initiative to open a new chapter in the

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