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Ramon Ricker  

Alarm Will Sound—More of a Band Than an Orchestra

Ramon Ricker
October 20, 2019

"The group has no publicist or booking management. Their philosophy is that if they put together interesting concerts and present them at the highest possible musical level, the concerts/productions, themselves, will generate a buzz and attention. The programming and repertoire do the..."

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Ramon Ricker  

Royalties Are a Good Thing—Part 2: Performance Rights, Sync Rights, Patents and Trademarks

Ramon Ricker
January 14, 2019

In 1897 an amendment to the copyright law provided that any person performing a dramatic or musical composition without the consent of the copyright owner would be liable for damages and potential

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Ramon Ricker  

Royalties Are a Good Thing—Part 1: Copyright, Print Rights and Mechanicals

Ramon Ricker
November 5, 2019

"Royalties are a good thing, and you, as a musician, have a better chance of receiving them than the average professional person. The basic concept is that if you create something, it is yours, and you have the right to be compensated if others use it. This right was provided for..."

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Laura Brownell  

Unique Ensemble Created by
Toronto Free-lancer

Laura Brownell
July 8, 2019

"It's both. A labor of love and a way to get gigs." With that forthright response, Mary McGeer puts a splash of cold water on..."

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Kirsten Jermé  

(Re)Envisioning the Orchestra: An Interview with Eric Jacobsen, Conductor and Founding Cellist of The Knights

Kirsten Jermé
April 20, 2019

The Knights are not your typical orchestra. A hip young collective of New York City musicians, The Knights challenge the boundaries of convention through their innovative structure, communal rehearsal process, and creative ...

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Michal Shein  

My Experience Performing With the YouTube Symphony

Michal Shein
April 23, 2019

After I was informed that I was going to play with the YouTube Symphony in New York, there began a slew of correspondence between the winners. The YouTube Symphony staff set up a Google group and thus we began corresponding with each other. It was really thrilling to start meeting my fellow orchestra players via email. We shared our excitement, our questions, but mostly we used the time before coming to New York to introduce ourselves. It was evident from the start how...

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William Mesa  

A MAP TO READING AND FINDING TOPICS IN HARMONY: Eight Years of Research, Studies, and Articles

William Mesa
November 6, 2019

For eight years, 1995-2003, the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI) published Harmony. As a journal, Harmony was the application of the SOI mission that focused on improving the effectiveness of orchestras as organizations both in how they operate and how they are to be a vital part of their communities.

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