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In an essay by Karen Schnackenberg, she summarizes the whole package that is required to become a successful performance music librarian as follows: “In addition to their musical skills, successful orchestra librarians need to be able to handle thousands of details on a regular basis, must be multitaskers, deadline-driven, thick-skinned (providing music and information services to up to 100 orchestra members, multiple conductors and concertmasters and administrative staffs, choruses, and guest artists), and passionate about music and their role in creating it.” Karen is currently serving as the Principal Librarian, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and concurrently as the Past President of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA). In the following interview, Karen describes what a typical day on the job is like for an orchestra librarian for such a high-caliber orchestra, as well as her unparalleled talents in multitasking.
154 days ago
 
Information and application for the Marcia Farabee Librarian Exchange Program is now available.
653 days ago
 
Christopher Hogwood obituary Leading figure of the early music revival as conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, keyboard player and musicologist
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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.
1534 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?”
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