Tag Archives: amateurs

Summer and Fall Fantasies …

Received word today that the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis has announced a fantasy camp this fall.   They are looking for 50 amateur musicians – all parts – to take part in a two-day camp in mid-September.  The repertoire is Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, which is scheduled to be performed with the symphony in the second half of their September 16th concert.  You can get more information on the Minnesota Symphony site.

Nan Washburn

The information comes courtesy of Nan Washburn of the Michigan Philharmonic, who has just been named the new conductor of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra.  The appointment received some coverage in local papers this weekend. Speaking both as a new board member of OLPS and a member of the orchestra, I’m delighted that Nan is coming on board.  The repertoire she has chosen for our fall concert is intriguing (Gluck, Ravel, Sibelius, Berlioz, and Mao Yuan).

The OLPS Symphony is looking for additional players, especially all strings.  If you play and want to get involved with a group, now is your chance!  Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 15th at West Bloomfield High School.  Additional information and registration materials are available on www.OLPSMusic.org.

Leave a comment

Filed under Events and Calendar, Opportunities to Play

Rusty Wins in Baltimore

Kudo’s to the Baltimore Symphony and Music Director Marin Alsop!   The Orchestra invited amateur musicians — what they called “Rusty Musicians” to join them.  They were so overwhelmed with requests that they ended up scheduling a second concert to handle the 400 volunteers.   By all accounts, the experiment was a resounding success.   See the story in  The Washington Post or this blog entry from The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Inspiration, Opportunities to Play