Some of you may be aware of my recent research in orchestral matters, specifically concerning violinists. It all seems a bit bizarre, perhaps, as orchestras are facing gut-wrenching pay cuts and lock outs. However, I am opting to remain positive. ICSOM Bruce Ridge has a wonderful article on this very topic:
While the title is "Message to Symphony Orchestras in Troubled Times: Think Positive", I am sure Mr. Ridge does not mean this flippantly or in a patronizing way to those involved in said orchestras. It is an encouraging article and one that I re-read from time to time.
However, the main point of this blog is to inform any of you who are interested in my research to please let me know, and I will be more than happy to give you what I have thus far. I have interviews, information regarding 100 music programs in the US, surveys, and information concerning auditions for violinists. For more details, please feel free to email me, and I will extrapolate further. I can also keep you apprised as I conduct research, should you be interested in further developments. The information I posted previously is now outdated.
It is my hope to be published in ASTA at some point within the next year. As a professional orchestral musician I believe it is my responsibility (and it is my desire) to continue encouraging students in exploring the orchestral world, and recognize the importance it has always had in the history of music and music performance. Though times are dire, we must not give up hope.
Again, please feel free to drop me a note, and thank you to all of you who are constantly supporting the orchestral world.
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