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Orchestra 101

A series of articles that provides an overview to playing horn in professional orchestras

Orchestra 101 Bonus: The Orchestra Model and Professional Sports

Periodically professional orchestra work stoppages are in the news. One question I get asked is to explain what is going on, and an analogy...

University of Horn Matters: Orchestra 101 in Review

At the recent IHS North Texas symposium I led a panel discussion related to the Orchestra 101 series in Horn Matters. I have a...

Orchestra 101: Playing Extra! Part III: At the Gig

Parts I and II of this short series looked at preparation before the day of the gig and the timeframe right before the first...

Orchestra 101: Playing Extra! Part II: Before the First Service

So you got the call to play extra with a professional orchestra and you have the music ready to go! What next? The first step...

Orchestra 101: Playing Extra! Part I: Before the Gig

An important topic not addressed in the original Orchestra 101 series (which starts here) was that of extra horn. As there will be a...

Orchestra 101 Bonus: What is an Orchestra?

Back a couple years ago I created a series of short articles called Orchestra 101, on professional orchestral playing. Following some of the comments...

Orchestra 101 Bonus: Look at the Conductor if Possible

Not long ago I was observing a rehearsal and at one point was in a position where I could see all the players from...

Orchestra 101 Bonus: Wi-Fi in Rehearsal

One of my favorite series of articles on Horn Matters is the Orchestra 101 series. The following is one of several upcoming short bonus...

Orchestra 101: How to Get Fired

There are many more topics that I could cover in this series, but to conclude the articles already planned I must end on a...

Orchestra 101: Chairs

As I began working on a final article for this series I realized I had missed an important topic that to a pro seems...