Orchestra musicians coach IU student composers during reading session

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 ·

Today three students from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s composition department came to Severance Hall for a unique learning experience – to hear members of The Cleveland Orchestra read through their compositions.

An ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra musicians, led by assistant conductor Tito Muñoz, read through compositions written by the students, giving them a unique opportunity to hear their works performed by professional musicians, plus valuable feedback.

The ensemble read through Adam Haws’s piece The temple bell dies away (for piccolo, clarinet, violins, viola, cello, piano, and vibraphone), Elliott Bark’s Crossover (for two violins, viola, cello, and piano), and Jonathan Sokol’s The Golden Rose (for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello, and percussion). (Mr. Sokol is a native of Cleveland and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.)

After playing each piece, the Orchestra musicians offered feedback on the scores to the composers from a performer’s perspective, such as clarifying the use of vibrato, quarter tones, and the rhythmic notation in the score.

The students, along with IU composition professor Dr. Phuc Phan, attended The Cleveland Orchestra’s rehearsal this morning and will attend tonight’s performance conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.

The Cleveland Orchestra musicians included Chul-In Park (first violin), Kathleen Collins (second violin), Mark Jackobs (viola), Ralph Curry (cello), Marisela Sager (flute and piccolo), Daniel McKelway (clarinet), Linnea Nereim (bass clarinet), Donald Miller (percussion), and Joela Jones (piano).

The opportunity was part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s continuing partnership with Indiana University. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform at the Indiana University Auditorium during its residency there in January 2011.


Tiffany said...
July 29, 2010 11:41 PM  

I was reading over this blog and I thought that it was really amazing that the students had the opportunity to have their music played by The Cleavland Orchestra. This came as a shock to me because you dont see this happening often. An opportunity like this most definetly had to inspire the students to keep doing what they are doing. This was a hands on expirience that was probably once in a lifetime and i think its awesome!

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