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:: Career Path of Young Orchestral Musicians

Lauren Denney Wright  

A Personal Reflection on the Importance of Technology

Lauren Denney Wright
May 1, 2019

While at the National College Band Director's Association Convention in Seattle, Washington at the end of March, 2011, I attended a session on live web streaming. I came back extremely inspired and started looking at what I needed to make this happen for my students at Oklahoma Baptist University.

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Rhett Del Campo  

Diversifying Your (Musical) Portfolio:
TimeOut Chicago Writer and Spektral Quartet Violist Doyle Armbrust Forges an Unlikely Path

Rhett Del Campo
April 2, 2019

With orchestras vanishing left and right and full-time positions for instrumentalists becoming quite scarce, many classical artists are taking the road less traveled (and, let's face it, less preferred) in order to succeed. Freelancing, oftentimes a seemingly endless pursuit ripe with dead ends and missed opportunities, is a term more and more artists are using to describe their careers.

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Peter Sachon  

Ritual

Peter Sachon
March 1, 2019

A ritual is the physicalization of a shared belief. A community of people perform rituals in order to reinforce their belief. In a Catholic Mass, it is not enough for the congregation to be told that Jesus died for their sins; they must also eat the bread and drink the wine, representing the body and blood of Christ. This ritual reinforces their collective belief through acting out the story. The ritual is a reflection of the belief.

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Brittney Stanton  

Experiencing the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel

Brittney Stanton
February 2, 2019

While there are mixed reviews about the ever popular Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel no one can argue with the amount of energy and renewed excitement he and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have brought to concert halls across the country this year. Regularly playing for sold out venues, this young conductor is creating renewed interest and vitality in classical concert life. In the current economic climate sincere concern over the future of our country's orchestras has left the need for a young, dynamic figure to create a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the symphony.

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Drew Forde  

To Mother

Drew Forde
February 2, 2019

"Although I began playing viola at age twelve, I have loved music since my days in the crib. Back when I was a child, barely old enough to speak, my mother would put a boombox beside my crib every night and play various works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Of all the things I remember about my early childhood, this..."

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Jason Hurwitz  

My Ideal Orchestra - Barrage

Jason Hurwitz
September 1, 2019

"I get paid to live my dream.

Twenty years ago, when I began playing the violin, alternative strings were just that - alternative. Most private teachers were not telling their students to listen to both Paganini and Ponty, nor were they suggesting that after learning a Bach partita students work on "Foggy Mountain Special" by Earl Flat and Lester Scruggs. Most school orchestra programs stuck to..."

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Alecia Lawyer  

Three Pet Peeves in the Orchestral World

Alecia Lawyer
September 1, 2019

"...The first fact deals with an overall value placed upon a commodity. If people intimately familiar with our product do not know the specialization it takes to win an orchestral job..."

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Stephen Danyew  

Compose for Youth Orchestras!

Stephen Danyew
May 2, 2019

"While many composers dream for a chance to hear their music played by a symphony orchestra, it remains an unfortunate reality that all too few will have the chance to do so. For American composers in particular, managing to get a new work for orchestral forces performed (or even read) can be a daunting task, to say the least; and while it's true that..."

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Susie Yang  

My Musical Journey

Susie Yang
April 1, 2019

"When I was five years old, a cello was brought into my world. My sister had already been playing the violin for three years prior to my entrance into the world of classical music. She absolutely loved the instrument and the music! Honestly, I wasn't overly thrilled with the new responsibility and expectations that..."

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Shizuo Kuwahara  

Rookie Music Director - Journey for Finding Answers

Shizuo Kuwahara
March 1, 2019

"Augusta, Georgia... On the steps of Sacred Heart Cultural Center at 11 a.m., President of the Augusta Symphony Board of Directors, Phil Caldwell, announces on Wednesday, March 25, 2019 that Shizuo Z Kuwahara has accepted the Symphony's offer to serve as Music Director of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, effective July 1st.

So it began - the beginning of a new chapter in my life: my first music directorship..."

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Aimee Morris  

Tips for Students - Section Etiquette

Aimee Morris
February 15, 2019

"You have conquered your instrument's technique and mastered the audition repertoire, so what is keeping you, like so many other talented young musicians, from getting that coveted orchestral job? More often than not, young people's success is derailed by..."

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Chung Park  

An Interview with Conductor Chung Park

Chung Park
September 14, 2019

"I became a conductor because I've always felt that I had something unique to offer. Even when I was in my teens I felt I could convey things that were extra-musical, things that got beyond black dots on a page and at the heart of the music. I always feel that there will be people out there who are better musicians than..."

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David Bebe  

Making it Work - Two Musicians, One Life Together

David Bebe
September 14, 2019

"It's not uncommon to fall in love and get involved in a serious relationship during one's college years. My wife and I met while both pursuing music performance degrees (myself, cello performance and my wife, violin performance) at Indiana University- now the Jacobs School of Music. Although we were..."

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Liz Mahler  

Moving Forward

Liz Mahler
September 14, 2019

"Sometime in May 2008, I packed up all the clothes, books, and music that would fit into my '95 Camry and got rid of the rest of my belongings on Craigslist. I was about to leave Miami Beach to "roam throughout the country learning about orchestras"ómy nutshell description of the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, run by..."

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Jason Kush  

The Aspiring Orchestral Saxophonist

Jason Kush
September 14, 2019

"The saxophone is quite a unique instrument. Just over 150 years old, it was a late edition to the family of acoustic instruments. By the time of its invention, the standard instrumentation of the symphony orchestra had already been established. In fact, Sax invented the instrument for use with..."

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Sam Bottoni  

Webcasting: A technology that can reach audiences beyond the performance hall

Sam Bottoni
September 14, 2019

"Performing organizations, including the traditional orchestra, are beginning to experiment with ways to expand their audience and attract people of recent generations. However, these organizations must reach audiences in ways that preserve the integrity of the performing tradition while blending it with the culturally viable means of ..."

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