Monday, June 25, 2007

Havard Summer school orchestra

For those of you who may be in Cambridge, MA for the summer, here is a notice for auditions with the Harvard summer session orchestra.

Notice of Open Orchestra Auditions

The Harvard Summer School Orchestra is pleased to announce
its 22nd season under music director, Judith Zuckerman.
Orchestral musicians of all ages are invited to audition.
(A Harvard affiliation is NOT required.)

Auditions for the Harvard Summer School Orchestra will be
held on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis (no
appointments) Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 to 28,
5 to 9 pm in Harvard University's Memorial Hall room 038
(in the basement of Sanders Theater).

For directions to the auditions/rehearsals/concert, please

To audition, you will need to do a little sight-reading and
play one prepared piece (this can be anything you love to
play and feel you play very well without accompaniment).

The whole audition will last no more than eight minutes.
If your chosen prepared piece is long, please select a short
section or sections that you feel best display your
musicianship. It is not necessary to memorize your audition

Openings are available for all orchestral strings, piano,
harp, flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bassoon,
French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.
(Returning players must reaudition.)

This season's program includes American music by Copland,
Still, Cowell,and Ives and will feature the wonderful
baritone, Robert Honeysucker singing Copland's "Old American

Regular rehearsals are Mondays, 6:30-9 pm, July 2-August 6,
Dress rehearsal on Wednesday, August 8.
The performance will take place on Saturday, August 11.
The call rehearsal will begin at 6:30 PM.

All rehearsals and the performance will be held in Harvard's
famed Sanders Theater.

The performance will begin at 8 PM and is free and open to
the public.

Concert dress for the orchestra will be as follows:
WOMEN--Black skirt or slacks, black shoes, white blouse.
MEN--Black suit, black shoes, white shirt, tie.

For more information, please contact
Judy Zuckerman at [send email to judyzuckerman(at)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

New type of music making interface

Check out this video of of this input device. It would be interesting to figure out a way to perform with analog instruments using this device.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Possible fund raiser item

Here is a link to a possible fund raiser item for the orchestra. You can get a name plate or a key chain for free.
desk nameplates

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Alumni week concert

In case you are around for the summer and are looking for a way to celebrate Karel Husa's 80th birthday year, come to the concert in Barnes this Saturday. Program is on the poster to the left.

07-08 season brochure

Here are screen shots of the 07-08 season brochure for the Cornell Orchestras. Board members please proof the brochure for any spelling mistakes.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Ed Murray conducts Rake's Progress

Here is a link to the Cornell Chronicle article about Ed Murray's operatic work at Cornell in 1997. Murray, who succeeded Karel Husa in 1975 as conductor and director of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, was musical director for the Ithaca Opera Association's productions of Candide, Cosi Fan Tutte, Marriage of Figaro, Fairy Queen and Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing. Widely known as a performer with the Society of New Music, Murray has performed in concert several times with David Borden, director of Cornell's digital music program, at Barnes Hall in two-piano programs of popular and jazz standards. Murray and Borden have released a CD of popular and jazz standards, "Night and Day," on the Lameduck label. (The performance dates for this production was March 27 and 28, 1997)

Husa conducting Music for Prague 1968

Karel Husa conducts his "Music for Prague 1968" in Prague in 1990 following the Velvet Revolution. The concert was noted as a landmark in Czech musical history.

Also, the Karel Husa Archive and Gallery at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York may be contacted at (001) 607-274-1367 (Fax: (001) 274-1727) or via email at mradice(at)

Karel Husa with Solti and Herseth

Sir Georg Solti, Karel Husa, Adolph Herseth and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a performance of the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Photo courtesy Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

CCO history : conductors

Here is a list of conductors who have conducted the CCO in the past.
Xak Bjerken
Mark Scatterday
Karel Husa
John Hsu
Edward Murray

I will try to find past photos and articles and make a link.
If you have any info regarding past conductors of the Cornell Orchestras please forward to them to this Blog.

First one is Cornell Professor Emeritus Karel Husa conducting the Cornell Chamber Orchestra in a performance of his Pastoral for String Orchestra, during a music department concert in honor of his 80th birthday in Barnes Hall Sept. 28, 2001.
(Charles Harrington/University Photography)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Cornell Chamber Orchestra has a newly designed website

The Chamber Orchestra website has been completely redesigned. There are few links that needs to be fixed. But please visit and give us your comments.