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Inspired by Orpheus: Collaborative Rehearsal and Performance in the Large Ensemble Setting

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  • What happens when our large ensemble musicians are charged with rehearsal and performance of repertoire? In what ways are students empowered and engaged with the elements of large ensemble music making under these conditions? How might such an approach enrich the education of students at all levels of instruction? The musicians of The Ohio State University Symphonic Band will rehearse two compositions without aid of a conductor/coach during this rehearsal laboratory.
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  • 12/19/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Meeting Room W183
  • Scott A. Jones is Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of University Bands at Ohio State. In addition to conducting Symphonic Band, he also leads the undergraduate conducting curriculum. Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty, Dr. Jones served as Director of Bands at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). He also garnered 15 years of teaching experience in the public schools of Apple Valley, MN and Ashville, OH. Dr. Jones was named “Music Educator of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and was one of three school band conductors from the United States selected to participate in the National Band Association International Conducting Symposium in Rome, Italy. His guest engagements regularly include All-State Bands and Honor Bands, as well as international engagements throughout Asia.
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  • Jonathan Spitz
  • Jonathan Spitz holds “The Laurie and Richard Brueckner Cello Chair” of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Spitz has established himself as one of the leading cellists in the New York area through performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. An active chamber musician, Mr. Spitz is a founding member of the Leonardo Trio and has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with that ensemble since 1985. Mr. Spitz is also principal cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Bard Festival Orchestra, and was recently appointed solo cellist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Mr. Spitz has studied with David Soyer, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Mischa Schneider and Robert Gardner.