CALLING ALL TUMBLR MUSICIANS AND/OR MUSIC-LOVERS

violinjourney:

And anyone else who cares!

The musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, one of the greatest professional orchestras in the Southeast (and possibly the country!) have been LOCKED OUT for the past couple of weeks. This means that all of these wonderful musicians are currently out of a job, as their contract with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Woodruff Arts Center has expired. For the past few years, management has continued to cut musicians and cut pay from this orchestra, which should be thriving in a culture- and music-filled city like Atlanta. Since the contract expired, negotiations have been in effect but to no avail, since management is acting poorly and the musicians simply cannot afford to take more cuts. 

As a result of all of this, the ASO’s youth program has effectively been cut for the year, depriving hundreds of extremely talented students of the opportunity to hone their musical skills, perform in a symphony, and work along the professionals in the ASO. It has also caused the ASO’s concert season to be postponed until November. It is truly shameful that management, members of whom have been accused of taking large bonuses while the musicians suffered, can continue cutting and cutting and refusing to pay their musicians, who are the ones who make up the actual symphony!

On opening night, members of the ASO, the chorus, the youth symphony, and various supporters gathered outside the empty concert hall in protest.  

If you want to show your support, please share news articles and blog posts about the situation on your social media platform of choice. You can also like “ATL Symphony Musicians” and “Save Our Symphony Atlanta” on Facebook, or follow @ATLSymphonyMusicians on Twitter. You can also head over to the musician’s website here and read about everything going on and/or donate. Their story is also starting to spread to more major news outlets, so you can read about the situation here, here, and here.

Finally, my teacher has been trying to start a trend similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead, it is the ASO Scale Challenge, in which you video yourself playing a scale and pass it on to other people. If they choose to play a scale, they donate $5 to the musicians, but if they do not, they donate $50. He’s really been trying to get this going, but it hasn’t caught on outside our little university bubble. Please do this and pass it on to people you know to get the awareness to spread across the country (and maybe the world?)!

As a young musician growing up in Atlanta, the ASO was always that higher beacon to live up to. The musicians were teachers and role models, and the symphony could do no wrong. Our city needs its orchestra back! The musicians need their jobs back! Please help support!

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Anonymous asked:

What pieces did you use as your audition piece for your university auditions?

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I played Hindemith Der Schwanendrehrer concerto, Schumman Marchenbilder sonata, the third Bach cello suite and a Rode etude…number 14…I think. I’ve suppressed the memories in order to help kickstart the healing process, you feel? 

keyofdminor:

being a fan of schubert’s works is a little like following the lieder

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holy shit guys I just got tapped for my college’s symphony orchestra and

holy shit

i mean first of all it’s really prestigious and barely anyone gets in so i’m like

but they treat the whole thing like getting tapped for a frat or sorority 

like they came to my dorm room door and screamed and made me say all these pledges and then there was a big party like

what kind of orchestra is this

this is upending all of my long-held belief about orchestra nerdiness 

anyway 

this was a very exciting night for me so I just had to share it with the class

"Classical musicians can’t be attractive."

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whatshouldwecallpiccolo:

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yes hello friendly neighborhood killjoy here, this is a nice list of skinny white people but where are all the cute musicians of color?

surely it couldn’t have anything to do with the severe and frightening lack of people of color in music programs? or the systematic rejection of nonwestern musical ideas in western society? until we decide to appropriate them?

surely it couldn’t be a sign of the widespread racism in classical music!

anyway here’s your new fav tona brown: brilliant violinist, brilliant mezzo-soprano, and one of the most influential trans woc activists in the us:

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hey that’s awesome and she is great but let me tell you a thing before you get on my case - yes, that list was mainly white. yes, that is a problem. BUT don’t erase the fact that there are musicians of colour on that list. Karen Gomyo, the first woman in my list, is of Japanese descent. Stephanie Jeong, the last violinist in the first post, is Asian-American. Asian and mixed-race people are PoC too! But thank you so much for adding even more diversity to a list that desperately needs it. 

"Classical musicians can’t be attractive."

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Thank you so much, guys! When I started this ridiculous blog two years ago, I just wanted to vent some of my abundance of viola-related emotions. I never thought that this would become the (extremely small) success that it has, and I am so honoured to have been able to share my terrible jokes with so many people! 

I have made some really close real-world and internet friends as a direct result of this blog. If you’re reading this - you know who you are, and I love you.

But don’t get me wrong - I love every single person who follows me or who has even smiled at one of my posts because that means we share a love for classical music and dumb reaction gifs. I’ve found a really amazing community of violists and viola-appreciators and other classical music lovers on this website. You guys are great. Please feel free to message me if you ever have any questions at all. I’m always elated to hear from you guys! 

And again…thank you so much <3