The Philharmonic Association has kicked 2021 off with some fun changes to our usual spring programming!  Since cold temperatures prevent our ensembles from rehearsing outdoors for the beginning of the year, we decided to take a break from Zoom rehearsals and offer our members virtual classes on a variety of musical topics this month. The topics include composing and conducting, improvisation, career paths in music, film scoring, and the music of Respighi. These classes are all chosen and led by our Artistic Staff. Although our musicians are only required to attend one, many students are attending several of the offerings.

Our 2020-21 season has certainly been a season like no other, but change is not always a bad thing!  The break in regular programming has allowed our conductors to explore important topics that they don’t normally have time to delve into during rehearsals.  Skills like improvisation, composing, and conducting add to an individual’s appreciation of orchestral and jazz music, and time spent exploring the compositions of great composers like Respighi and John Williams is undeniably valuable.  By the time regular rehearsals resume, we believe that each of our young musicians will have acquired new skills and new knowledge that will be of use to them for the duration of this season and beyond.

The successful addition of these classes to our regular programming would not have been possible, of course, without the enthusiasm of our staff and the flexibility of our young musicians and their families.  A huge round of applause for David Glover, Joseph Peters, Dr. Gregg Gelb, Myriah Luke, and Tim Kohring who volunteered to lead these classes. They are a big hit so far, and we can’t wait to see what other exciting things 2021 has in store for the Philharmonic Association!