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Welcome to the website of the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA). This site contains information, resources, and links for MOLA member librarians, as well as for other musicians, conductors, publishers, administrators, and the general public.


Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association comprises of over 270 performance organizations around  the world, represented by more than 450 librarians. The job of these performance librarians is to acquire, prepare, catalogue and maintain
the music for each institution. Through MOLA, librarians share information and resources to help them in their daily work.

MOLA's mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing
service to their organizations, provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers  to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials.

Selected News
Christopher Hogwood obituary Leading figure of the early music revival as conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, keyboard player and musicologist
86 days ago
 
Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.
161 days ago
 
The recently revamped website by the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra — imagine a cross between Opera News and BuzzFeed — also has info-graphics (“Reeds by the Numbers” explains the hours it takes woodwind players to make reeds for their mouthpieces); offers a look at how the audition process recently chose one player from the 208 who had applied; and has an interactive quiz to help newcomers decide “What should your first opera be?”
210 days ago
 
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MOLA Year at a Glance

  • Member organizations annually perform ca. 15,000 programs totaling over 40,000 concerts and performances.
  • They produce some 50,000 radio broadcasts and internet streams, 500 CD and internet recordings and hundreds of nationally and internationally televised performances.
  • They employ 22,000 musicians including 500 librarians
  • Every year member librarians proofread and prepare about 2 million pages of music – totaling over 1 billion notes!

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