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The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, launches its 49th season with a free concert featuring the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Timothy Andres’ Bathtub Shrine, Tchaikovsky’s elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme, showcasing rising star Allan Steele, AYS’s Principal Cello, and Berlioz’ epic Symphony fantastique on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, conducts the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances.

Also featured is a free pre-concert screening at 5:30 pm of the film Keeping Score: Symphony fantastique, part of the San Francisco Symphony’s critically applauded Keeping Score film series, which, narrated by Michael Tilson Thomas, tells the story of Berlioz’ purportedly opium-fueled obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson for whom his love, passion and jealousy drove the groundbreaking symphony’s creation. Berlioz’ work was debuted at the Paris Conservatoire in 1830, quickly becoming an audience and orchestra favorite.

“The program is designed to highlight the exceptional talents of the orchestra as well as to provide our musicians with critical training in some of the major orchestral repertoire and contemporary works,” says Treger, who during the 2013-14 season leads a total of five free concerts as well AYS’s annual gala concert.

Andres – hailed by the Los Angeles Times for music that demonstrates “a strong sense of building on classical music tradition, while also moving that tradition into a new and hip place” – composed Bathtub Shrine on a commission by the Yale Symphony Orchestra as a playful response to the widely reverberating acoustics of Yales’ Woosley Hall, which Andre’s describes as having “a staggering 13-second reverberation…the effect of a giant bathroom.” He also wrote the eight-minute piece in homage to the orchestra’s “fierce music-making” and warm “camaraderie”.

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

This season AYS also appears on the “Sundays Live at LACMA” concert series on October 20, 2013; presents “The Elfman Project II,” the continuation of a three-year exploration of the composer’s brilliant music, on November 24, 2013; showcases the irrepressible music of composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2013; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” where fellows will share a stand with celebrated alumni in Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale concert will also feature gifted young violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to

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A concert of works by renowned American composer Michael Hersch will be presented at the DiMenna Center for the Arts in New York City on the evening of October 19.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Also regarded as one of today’s more formidable pianists, Hersch is the subject of a new documentary film, The Sudden Pianist, which focuses on his life and his work for the piano. At the Oct 19 concert, Hersch will perform some of the music featured in the film: selections from his 2 and a half-hour solo piano work, The Vanishing Pavilions. (A screening of the film, which was released earlier in 2013 and has already garnered significant festival interest, will take place at the Producers’ Club on the morning of the concert; more information about the film can be found at This concert marks Hersch’s only second public appearance as a pianist in New York in the last ten years.

Also on the October 19 all-Hersch program will be “in the snowy margins” for unaccompanied violin; the New York premiere of “of ages manifest” for unaccompanied alto saxophone; Five Fragments for unaccompanied violin; and the New York premiere of How Far the Cradle for soprano and piano. Artists joining the composer on the program are violinist Miranda Cuckson, saxophonist Gary Louie, soprano Ah Young Hong, and pianist Michael Sheppard.

Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Free admission. No reservations required.
For more information, visit here.

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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community.

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern


Attend in person or online:

How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern



Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.


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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) announces auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on August 21 and 28, 2013, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, the first choir in the Southern California and one of only a few in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral arts throughout middle and high school. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training in a supportive environment along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. One of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir, Kronauer notes, is being flexible with the repertoire, which he may change from week to week based on fluctuations in the singers’ voices to ensure the voices are never “pushed” or strained.

Established in September 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (4:45 – 7:00 PM), and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy, performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages eight (by September 1, 2013) to 12 on June 6 -9, 2013, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who are dedicated to achieving excellence in vocal technique, choral singing and classical music. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.

Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 27th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC is comprised of six choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 60 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s classes for six- and seven-year-olds, First Experiences in Singing, offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children take musicianship classes (a six level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music

High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating choral concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. The choir was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, “SING!” which chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown periodically on PBS stations nationwide, as well as follow-up documentaries “SING OPERA!” and “SING CHINA!” In addition, LACC tours locally, nationally and internationally.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus


The Los Angeles Master Chorale opens the doors of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the city free-of-charge for its 24th Annual Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival on Friday, April 26, 2013. One of the largest high school choir festivals in the nation, each year it showcases the remarkable vocal talents of nearly 1,000 high school students from 25 Southland schools in a massive choir conducted by Grant Gershon, the LA Master Chorale’s noted music director. The choral concert also includes several works performed by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, which joins forces with the prestigious 80-voice Festival Honor Choir, also conducted by Gershon and comprised of students from the 25 participating schools nominated by their teachers. The community is welcome to enjoy the vitality and power of these young voices raised in song in the splendor of Disney Hall. For those who haven’t had the chance to peek inside architect Frank Gehry’s iconic concert hall in downtown Los Angeles, this is an amazing opportunity to hear and see the internationally acclaimed venue in action – for free!

The massed choir performs If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau set to text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; the spiritual Keep Your Lamps arranged by André Thomas; Son de Camaguey, a Cuban folk song arranged by Stephen Hatfield; The Promise of Light by Los Angeles-based composer Georgia Stitt; Johannes Brahms’s Der Gang zum Liebchen; and George Frideric Handel’s Baroque gem With Cheerful Notes Let All the Earth.

The Festival Honor Choir and Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers perform Sure on This Shining Night by National Medal of Arts recipient Morton Lauridsen; Ricky Ian Gordon’s New Moon, which features lyrics by American poet Langston Hughes; and Panda Chant II by avant-garde multi-disciplinary artist Meredith Monk.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival is one of the largest high school choir gatherings in the nation. It draws schools from the South Bay, San Fernando Valley and Westside to the San Gabriel Valley, Lakewood and Orange County.

Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), John Mosley, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Baldwin Park High School (Baldwin Park), Vicki Salmon, director; Bassett High School Chamber Singers (La Puente), Nona Watson, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Charter Oak High School Advanced Choral Ensemble (Covina), Rebecca Schmalzbach, director; Covina High School Voices (Covina), Susan Silver, director; Culver City High School Chamber Singers (Culver City), Dr. Tony Spano, director; Duarte High School Cantabile (Duarte), Clari Hsu, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union High School Vocal Ensemble (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Grant High School Vocal Ensemble (Valley Glen), Marsha Lynne Taylor, director; Hoover High School Chamber Singers (Glendale), Beth Richey-Sullivan, director; Lakewood High School Madrigal Singers (Lakewood), Ralph Siemsen, director; Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers (Alhambra), Tony Azeltine, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Nancy Schwartz, director.

Also featured are Narbonne High School Vocal Ensemble (Harbor City), Carol J. Levin, director; Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Varsity Singers (Rolling Hills Estates), Dan Doctor, director; Ramón C. Cortines High School for the Arts Music Academy Concert Choir (Los Angeles), Desiree Fowler, director; San Gabriel High School Matador Choir (San Gabriel), Cecilia Revilla, director; South High School Southland Singers (Torrance), Elizabeth Turner, director; St. Monica Academy High School Choir (Pasadena), Stephen Grimm, director; William Howard Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Kornbeck, director.

The yearlong in-school program presented by the Chorale has five components. Several months prior to the festival, all participating Choral Directors meet with Gershon to review the repertoire he has selected. Directors then work in the classroom with their choirs on the music. During the spring, members from the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Chorale’s outreach ensemble, visit participating choirs and conduct masterclasses for the students and directors. A month before the festival, each school attends one of two area rehearsals conducted by Gershon, who works with the singers on their musicianship, musical interpretation and tone balance. The joint rehearsals also provide an opportunity for the students to sing as part of a much larger choir in preparation for the festival, which is the final component of the outreach program. Then, on the day of the festival, all of the schools join together for the first time and Gershon conducts a final dress rehearsal and concert, which is free to the public.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival is FREE and seating is first come, first served. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in Los Angeles. For information, please call (213) 972-7282 or visit

LA Master Chorale Presents Free Annual High School Choir Festival Concert

LA Master Chorale Presents Free Annual High School Choir Festival Concert

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Downtown’s best orchestra will be conducted by guest conductor Pierre Vallet of the Metropolitan Opera and joined by soloist David Heiss, principal cellist of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

Who: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, has captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.

What: All-Tchaikovsky program—Symphony No. 6: Pathétique, Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Where: Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E. 15th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan

When: Sunday, March 10 at 3pm

Ticket information: $15 suggested donation. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door on the day of the concert.


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