When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Setnor School to offer live streaming of ‘Preparing Students for the Changing Role of Orchestral Musicians in the 21st Century’ Sept. 9
The Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will offer live audio and video streaming of the discussion “Preparing Students for the Changing Role of Orchestral Musicians in the 21st Century” with Daniel Hege and Patrick Jones on Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. The streaming may be accessed via the VPA website at http://vpa.syr.edu/music/live-performances immediately prior to the start of the discussion.
The public is also invited to attend the free talk, which will be held in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. Free parking is available in the Irving Garage; patrons should mention that they are attending the event.
Professional orchestras are feeling financial pressure. Attendance has dropped, revenues have decreased and traditional donors are scaling back. Some orchestras have closed, and many have shortened seasons or reduced salaries. The music industry is also changing. More people are accessing music digitally and making music on their own. Musical tastes have also changed as more people are exposed to a variety of cultures and their musics. Therefore, careers as professional orchestral musicians will require a broader set of skills. This discussion will be about helping to identify those skills and how best to prepare today’s music students for careers as orchestral musicians.
Hege is the Stevenson Professor of Practice in the Setnor School. Widely recognized as one of America’s finest young conductors, he has earned critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for 11 seasons as the music director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009 was appointed music director of the Wichita Symphony, beginning his tenure with that orchestra in September 2010.
Jones is the director of the Setnor School and a professor of music. He has enjoyed an international career as a conductor of military and youth bands and is conductor emeritus of Sinfonisches Blasorchester Eifel-Ardennen. He has presented workshops and scholarly papers internationally on a variety of topics, including music education history, curriculum and policy; is a contributing author to several books; and is a member of the editorial boards of the “International Journal of Community Music” and “Visions of Research in Music Education.” In addition to his academic career, he is a colonel in the Air National Guard and chief of Air National Guard Bands.