Yesterday’s seminar at Northwestern University School of Music on discussing the realities of orchestra life went very well…
To begin with, the turnout was splendid, over 30 students after hearing from a Northwestern rep the count was actually over 50, faculty, and administrators attended the seminar. Given the fact that this was entirely optional and scheduled immediately before a large ensemble rehearsal, this was a good sign that today’s music students have a sincere interest in learning more about the realities that await them in the orchestra business.
Although most of the students attending the seminar had to rush off for a rehearsal, a few were able to stay afterward and talk. It would be nice to have some more time in the future to have some more of that type of interaction. And as I’ve mentioned before,
Having conservatories and schools of music offer courses designed to expand on the information I provided in today’s seminar at Northwestern (as well as similar exercises at Eastman) will only serve to produce better orchestral environments.
The Northwestern students had a great deal of information presented to them in a period of 110 minutes and most of them took fastidious notes during the entire workshop. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but wonder in the back of my mind how much more could be accomplished with a handful of regular classes.
In the end, the afternoon was a real success and I am grateful to the dean and faculty at Northwestern University School of Music for inviting me into their institution for the afternoon. The students were among the most polite and well behaved students I’ve ever encountered (and regardless of a cold and rainy day, the view of Lake Michigan from Northwestern’s Regenstein Hall is still quite beautiful).
Odds & Ends
In case you haven’t been following the entire series of articles featured at NewMusicBox.com on the economics of new music, you’re missing out. You were clued into Part 1 in the series be Marc Geelhoed this past Monday, but now Part 2 and Part 3 are both available and worth your time:
Part 1: New Music Economics (Part 1): Free to Compete – By Marc Geelhoed
Part 2: New Music Economics (Part 2): The Malady Lingers On – By Matthew Guerrieri
Part 3: New Music Economics (Part 3): Keeping Up With the Rent – By Vivien Schweitzer