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7 Jun 2012
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A line from the film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) comes to mind: " Does the word "duh" mean anything to you? " Yes, unabashedly my promotion of classical music is very self-serving. Not only am I a passionate admirer of classical music,...
3 Jun 2012
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With the genesis of a project there are always numerous people excited by the new idea and wanting to participate. As projects stabilize, some of the initial enthusiasm is lost resulting in natural growing pains and attrition. TwtrSymphony, like ...
22 May 2012
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Numerous orchestras in the US are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Why? There are a plethora of theories as to why orchestras are going bankrupt:     Classical Music is dying     CEO's and VP's are paid too much     Musicians are p...
18 May 2012
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TwtrSymphony is rapidly gaining a fan base by leveraging social media. Here's how: We can be found on  Twitter  (of course), also on  Facebook ,  Tumblr  and the web . Our  klout score  is at 45 and growing. Several major orchestras are fol...
5 May 2012
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There is a lot of work that goes into creating a symphony orchestra, particularly in terms of gaining an audience. Re-inventing the orchestra takes time too, but we're off to a good start thanks to the power of our musicians! TwtrSymphony sta...
26 Apr 2012
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From the first conversations in early March to the end of April, queries from musicians wanting to join the ranks of TwtrSymphony have poured in. The demand for opportunities to play in a symphony orchestra is obviously strong world wide. Twt...
25 Apr 2012
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AS MOTHER PLAYS VIOLIN IN THE NEW ORCHESTRA, SICK CHILD STAYS RIGHT BY HER SIDE by Anna Rose Too often, the demands of a professional music career are at odds with the demands placed on us by our families. I am used to juggling my time b...
19 Apr 2012
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One key element to getting a good recording from a collection of remote sessions is making sure all the parts are in time with each other A click track for each of the musicians is crucial! Musicians are in the habit of "smoothing" out the l...
17 Apr 2012
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As the musicians record the music in preparation for the launch of TwtrSymphony's first piece, here is a bit of what to expect The symphony , Birds of a Feather will be the first official release of TwtrSymphony. While it's the first piece f...
13 Apr 2012
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Musicians are taught in university to ask for money when playing a gig, but no one talks about how composers get paid Universities all over the US pay a fee to ASCAP and BMI once a year for the pieces their ensembles perform. They also send a...
7 Apr 2012
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My approach to this first piece TwtrSymphony is a microcosm of Twitter in many ways. We are a collection of musicians wanting to "discuss" a topic, where "discuss" is music rather than words. The instrumentation isn't what you would find in a sta...
2 Apr 2012
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A continuation of the discussion from: Dealing with Irregular Beats in the Music of Chip Michael Modern music moves fast, often too fast for the human to accurately count. The reason for this is we (composers) have taken subdivision to a new le...
25 Mar 2012
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Musicians have been fast and furious getting their auditions to me - which also means I've been working overtime trying to get notes back to the musicians in regards to any problems in their tracks before the final process is complete. Playing to ...
21 Mar 2012
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Performers sometimes glance over my music, find it really straight forward and fairly simple. That is until they start to get into actual rehearsal when they find the irregular beats quite challenging. Here are a few tips on why the music "feels"...
19 Mar 2012
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As a number of audition pieces have arrived and others have written struggling with one issue or another, I felt it worthwhile to let the musicians gain from each other's experience. The poor flutists were first out of the block. They were given...
18 Mar 2012
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At the end of week two and audition recordings have started coming in. There are some fine musicians on Twitter! The audition process for TwtrSymphony sounds pretty simple on paper (or over a Tweet), but musicians are finding it's a lot easier to ...
14 Mar 2012
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Have you been following the craze over TwtrSymphony? Have you heard the tweets and passed it off as another fad, another twitter flash and fade? If so, than you're missing what's happen underneath all the tweets and public displays. Social medi...
11 Mar 2012
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TwtrSymphony, a collection of musicians who met via Twitter, is now one week old with Lots of Promise and a Bright Future There are way too many miles stones passed in just one week to list them all. But suffice it to say, it's growing faster with...
5 Mar 2012
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Check out TwtrSymphony on Twitter - A new way to look at performing classical music I love Twitter. I have met some amazing people on Twitter, people who are thinking outside the box and willing to try new things. On Saturday I posted a p...
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