Coming Together Side by Side: Avocational Musicians Performing with Professionals

Nagging feelings of self-doubt in their musical skills blocked many for a while from doing what they have since come to love—make music in their spare time. Finding supportive ensembles, teachers, and Meetup groups helped many take the plunge. Now, professional orchestras have joined the avocational-musician support team, spurred by the success of the Baltimore Symphony’s programs for non-pros that began in 2010.

10 Highlights of an Orchestra Tour Through China

"Ni hao, Zheng Zhao," Music Director Lawrence Golan said into the microphone at the beginning of Concert #1. The audience erupted into applause so uproarious that it felt like a sporting event, not a classical music concert.

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My musical identity is like a kaleidoscope. I'm a different thing from every angle. I’ve morphed from performer to teacher to music advocate, and all of the above at different moments in time. In addition, as my teachers can probably confirm, I'm a bit of a different breed. I channeled Jimmy Hendrix when playing fast … Continue reading ASCEND