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Music Commissions: How Much Do They Cost?

0 Stephen Danyew
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Ever wondered how much a 30 minute symphony might cost to commission from a composer? Or how about that 5 minute string quartet piece? Commissioning fees of course vary widely based on the size of the piece and the notoriety of the composer.  It is quite difficult to come up with price ranges for music

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An Orchestra Trying to Break Out of the Mold

0 Stephen Danyew
An Orchestra Trying to Break Out of the Mold

The Philharmonic Orchestra of New York (PONY) is trying to reach new audiences and engage concert goers, and they are willing to try a whole host of innovations to see what resonates with listeners.  Films and $5 tickets are just two of the approaches that PONY is trying – read this article to learn more.

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Check Out This Great Listing of Upcoming Music Conferences and Events

0 Polyphonic Administrator

Looking to see a listing of professional conferences and events?  Looking for new professional networking opportunities? Check out this great list at Musical America – click here.

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The View from England re: Playing in an Orchestra

0 Ann Drinan

Recently Nathan Kahn, SSD negotiator, posted an article on ICSOM’s Orchestra-l list-serve that was published in The Guardian in February 2006 about why so many musicians are quitting their orchestra jobs for… According to Anna Price, the author, The money’s terrible, the stress is awful and the music is plain boring. No wonder so many

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Winter Issue of Symphony Magazine Now Available

0 Polyphonic Administrator

You can read the winter issue of Symphony Magazine here.  The issue contains a number of interesting articles including the following: Hyperlinked: Emerging classical artists embrace social media Music Alive: New models for embedding contemporary composers with orchestras – and communities How Can Orchestras Become More Diverse? Five African-America orchestra professionals in a roundtable discussion

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The Violinist: A Tale for Valentine’s Day

0 Tony Woodcock

It was dreadful. Just awful. But we had to walk that way to get to the best shops. Massimo Dutti, Boss, Armani and there was a deli…

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The League’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

0 Ann Drinan
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The League of American Orchestras recently announced their new five-year strategic plan. You can read an executive summary, an abridged version, or the entire plan by clicking here. The summary begins with a quote from Jesse Rosen, President & CEO: This plan was developed in a moment of great possibility. It builds on the momentum

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New Research on Orchestra Fellowships Seeks Former Fellows

1 Polyphonic Administrator

Orchestras around the nation have responded in a variety of ways to the challenges of becoming more diverse and accessible institutions. Some have developed fellowship programs designed to support African American and Latino musicians moving from their formal music education into the ranks of professional players. The League of American Orchestras, which has a long

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El Sistema for Choruses

0 Ann Drinan

The El Sistema movement has swept the American orchestral world, with a considerable number of the almost 120 after-school programs affiliated with a professional symphony orchestra. Polyphonic has written frequently about some of these orchestra-sponsored El Sistema programs. The Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA program are perhaps the best known,

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New York Philharmonic Names Jaap van Zweden as New Artistic Director

0 Ann Drinan

NPR had a very nice piece about the NY Philharmonic’s new Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, on their evening “All Things Considered” program. You can listen here. It even includes a lesson on pronouncing his name!

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Roger Cline and the CSO Members’ Committee

0 Robert Levine

Only people who serve on orchestra committees can really understand the impact of such volunteerism on their families. That impact can be substantial, both good and bad. One example of the positive impact of such service is this article by Jennifer Mondie, a member of the National Symphony Orchestra whose activism was clearly inspired and

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Getty Grant Awards Announced

0 Ann Drinan
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22 Orchestras Receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants from the League of American Orchestras Intended to help stimulate growth and excellence in education and community engagement programming, the grants will fund orchestras’ long-term in-school and after-school music programs with social development components, as well as orchestras’ health and wellness programs for populations including hospital

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