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Young musicians tackle new skills, development

The sounds are, of course, what you first notice in an orchestra class. Chairs scooting into place, bows knocking against hollow wooden instruments as students set up, sheet music rattling as it’s adjusted on stands. Once the rehearsal is in session, the sounds change. Pitches rise and fall as a tea …

Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier. Published: September 2, 2015.

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An Ambitious Conductor Tackling Big Questions

Teddy Abrams: “All major arts organizations should not only have musicians on staff but there should also be a department of composition; people who are composing for the moment. In Bach’s time there was a department of composition in every church and state office; there was a constant need for new …

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice. Published: August 26, 2015.

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Master composers used to handwrite their music. Some were complete slobs

These clefs come from “autograph copies” of each composer’s music — versions that they handwrote. Each is just an example, not necessarily how a composer always wrote. And the composers themselves were chosen just for flavor, rather than for any particular scientific or historical reason. The chart …

Source: Vox. Published: September 1, 2015.

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Portland Baroque Orchestra appoints Marcia Kaufmann as Exec. Director

Portland, OR – The board of directors of Portland Baroque Orchestra announced today that the organization has appointed Marcia Kaufmann as PBO’s new Executive Director in an executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. Ms. Kaufmann begins her tenure with the nearly $1M-budget period orc …

Source: Portland Baroque Orchestra. Published: September 1, 2015.

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Practice Throws

The new St. Louis Symphony president and Early Music America board president, Marie-Hélène Bernard, throws out the first pitch before the Cardinals game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on August 31. It is not lost on the Montreal native that the Nationals were formerly the Expos, o …

Source: St. Louis Symphony Blog. Published: August 31, 2015.

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Music professors to perform on historical instruments during free performance

Two Marshall University professors will perform on historical instruments when they present “Pastorale: Woodwinds from the 19th Century” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

Source: HuntingtonNews.net. Published: August 28, 2015.

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