Marcia FarabeeKaren Schnackenberg  

MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians' Association) Conference Agenda, 2009

Marcia Farabee & Karen Schnackenberg
July 21, 2019

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Once again, Karen Schnackenberg suggested that Polyphonic post the agenda from the MOLA conference, to give symphony musicians an idea of the types of issues our librarians are dealing with. The National Symphony Orchestra hosted the conference and their head librarian, Marcia Farabee, introduces us to the activities presented at the conference. Once again, it's humbling for this orchestra musician to realize how much I don't know about what it takes to get the music on my stand.

- Ann Drinan

The last time that the National Symphony hosted a MOLA conference was in 1990, when there were only about 40 member organizations. Since Washington DC is both easily accessible and home to the Library of Congress, the NSO volunteered to host the conference again, but now MOLA has over 250 member organizations!

The “theme” for this conference was special programming. Nearly every performing organization does some type of “special” concert, whether it be an opera gala, an opening night ball, pops concerts with dramatic elements, or some other unusual format. The NSO does many types of special concerts, so we rather selfishly decided to focus on the types of challenges we have with this type of programming. As you will see in the agenda, there were several panels that gave plenary sessions, as well as individual presentations, and many breakouts sessions. In addition to having over 55 presenters on the agenda, we offered two field trips: the Library of Congress (both the Jefferson and Madison buildings) and the US Marine Band Library, home of the JP Sousa archives.

It is my hope that the participants found this conference extremely practical in nature: the how, when, and what of various types of programming. I do know that as hosts we came away from the conference with a renewed appreciation for the collective wisdom and experience of this association!

26th Annual MOLA Conference

Marriott at Metro Center Hotel

Washington, DC

April 17 – 20, 2009

PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR “FROM HANDS TO STANDS”

A Seminar in Music Preparation for Composers, Arrangers, Copyists, and Librarians

Presented by the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association and the League of American Orchestras Orchestra Leadership Academy

Friday, April 17, 2019


9:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome and Announcements

9:45 – 11:15 AM “The Hands”
Getting the Music from the Composer’s Brain to Paper
Douglas Richard, Chief Arranger, U.S. Military Academy Band, West Point
Laura Possessky, Gura & Possessky, PLLC; President of the Board, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
Dan Visconti, Composer and Winner of the 2008 Berlin Prize

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions

A. Library 101: Basics in Music Preparation
Gary Corrin, Principal Librarian, Toronto Symphony
Kira Wharton, Assistant Chief Librarian, U.S. Marine Band

B. An Introduction to Being a Performance Librarian
Russ Girsberger, Ensemble Librarian, The Juilliard School
Paul Gunther, Principal Librarian, Minnesota Orchestra

C. The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing
Ed Matthew, Senior Promotion Manager and Internet Manager, G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers
Dan Visconti, Composer and Winner of the 2008 Berlin Prize
David Gruender, Librarian, Indianapolis Symphony
Laura Cones, Library Assistant, Indianapolis Symphony

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