I recently posted a blog about building the Town and Country Symphony Orchestra, tcsomo.org. Yes, that's the actual name of the city. There are some incredible things that will happen, but only if the sound improves very quickly. No, firing everyone and hiring pros is not an option at this time. Until the money starts flowing in we're working with what we have now. A better sound will attract the better amateurs, and vice versa, but you have to get the sound first. If the high quality amateurs and professionals that we will eventually hire knew what was just around the corner they would flock here, but I'm not allowed to say what's going on or the sources will disappear.
When building a quality orchestra, like I did with the Stamford Symphony which is a full time professional orchestra, you have to start somewhere. Like Stamford we're starting with a core of quality people and not so quality. How would you improve the people that are here now in a hurry?
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