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  • Pro-Am Orchestra Events: Trending Across the Country
    Ann Drinan - May 20, 2015
    Pro-Am Group

    Michael Stugrin, writing in the spring 2015 issue of Symphony magazine (page 42), presents an interesting overview of a new trend among orchestras − performing with amateurs. Most orchestras have been doing “side by side” performances with their local youth orchestra for decades (I played such a concert with the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall way back

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  • Flying with Instruments: A New Era?
    Ann Drinan - May 8, 2015
    Instruments at the airport

    Congress passed a law three years ago to address the problems musicians have encountered flying with their instruments, but the regulations, which will cause the airlines to implement the law, were only published in January, 2015.  And then the airlines had 60 days to get things in order to implement the new regulations. Thanks to the efforts

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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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  • Updates from the Real World: Expecting (and Embracing) the Unexpected
    Zachary Preucil - May 14, 2015

    Next Monday, May 18th, marks one year since my graduation from Eastman and subsequent entry into the “real world.” That year, which I’ve chronicled to some extent on this blog, has been one of enlightenment, growth, and discovery–but it’s also been one of surprise. It turns out that there are a wide variety of roles

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  • How Might Personalization Trends Apply to Music?
    Stephen Danyew - May 11, 2015
    How Might Personalization Trends Apply to Music?

    In a recent edition of the “You’ve Cott Mail” email newsletter, Thomas Cott profiled an interesting article about personalization trends in our society.  You’ve undoubtedly noticed this – people want an increasingly personalized experience, from personalized news to curated clothing and food choices.  It is interesting to consider how the idea of personalization might effect

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