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News Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints two new violas

Wei-Ting Kuo from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Danny Lai from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra join the CSO on 19 May

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has appointed two new members to its viola section – assistant principal viola of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Wei-Ting Kuo and Colorado Symphony Orchestra violist...

Blogs Tuesday, 06 May 2014

10 tips for a successful orchestral audition

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor offers advice to candidates hoping to succeed in that all-important orchestral audition

Every orchestra and audition committee is unique. However, certain audition concepts are so fundamental as to be likely to lead to a performance that will get positive attention from practically any...

Focus Monday, 05 May 2014

Engaging uncommitted parents with their child's music lessons

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

What do you do when parents of little beginners have no interest in the lessons or supporting the child’s learning at home? I really struggle with this at the private school where I teach....

Focus Friday, 02 May 2014

How to advise a student that music is not the right career

Just like anyone in a close working relationship, teachers and students sometimes have to have difficult conversations. Vicky Hancock finds out how pedagogues handle some of the trickiest topics

The continually evolving partnership between teacher and student is complex. It requires compromise and understanding – rather like a marriage or relationship. And during their time together, ...

News Friday, 02 May 2014

Study finds professional musicians are four times more likely to develop hearing loss

The research has also found that musicians are 57 per cent more likely to develop tinnitus

A large-scale study, published in online journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, has found that professional musicians are four times more likely to develop noise-induced...

News Thursday, 01 May 2014

Norwegian orchestras hit by pension increases

The Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras are each experiencing financial issues due to wage increases and longer life expectancies

Norwegian orchestral and theatre pension costs have increased significantly over the past three years – rising by NOK 70m (£6.9). This figure is affecting musical institutions in the country...

Blogs Thursday, 01 May 2014

How to be successful in an orchestral audition

London Symphony Orchestra first violinist Maxine Kwok-Adams offers tips for string candidates to coincide with The Strad’s May 2014 feature on preparing for orchestral auditions

What is a panel looking for primarily from the orchestral excerpts?

The main things I am looking for when I sit on an audition panel are quite simple – good rhythm...

Focus Thursday, 01 May 2014

From the Archive: advice for second violinists

Intelligent, modest, self-controlled, sympathetic: a description of all good second violinists from The Strad's May 1914 issue

It stands to reason that not everybody can play first fiddle — not only in the orchestra but in the ordinary affairs of life — but it is a conspicuous fact there are always many more candidates...

Debate Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Historically informed performance on modern instruments is misguided

Historically informed performance is all well and good, argues Julian Haylock, but continuing to play on modern instruments just results in the worst of both worlds

We take historical performance practice so much for granted these days that it is easy to forget just how fundamental the changes were as the movement began gathering pace during the 1960s and 70s. ...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Stephen Miahky named first violinist of the Blair String Quartet

The musician and pedagogue is also named Blair School of Music Joachim Professor of Violin

The Blair School of Music, part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has appointed Stephen Miahky as its Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin. The position includes the role of first violin...

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