Editorials

My Secret Joy of Pops Concerts

When orchestral musicians list the things that they typically get excited about, pops concerts usually don’t make the cut. The rehearsal time gets cut down, which means that there’s less polishing of the music. The musicians focus less, since the music is generally easy and not terribly engaging, and substitute musicians frequently play on pops concerts, … Continue reading

Editorials

On Speaking About the Music

Like many musicians, I worked on July 4th. Especially for orchestral musicians, big family holidays like Independence Day are an opportunity to get the whole community together, give everyone a good time, and remind them all what a treasure they all have to have a fully professional symphony orchestra in their town. Concerts like these typically … Continue reading

Editorials

Youth Ensemble Auditions from the Other Side of the Table

This past weekend, I spent a day with two other violists judging auditions for the Empire State Youth Orchestras. Five hours. Thirty-six violists (not including judges). Thirty-six! That sounds like a viola joke just waiting to happen. What wasn’t a joke was how poised the nervous students all were; performance anxiety really didn’t appear to adversely … Continue reading