Tales from the Front Stand: Conversations with Orchestra Principals - 92Y, New York

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Tales from the Front Stand: Conversations with Orchestra Principals

Online Class with Naomi Lewin, David Bilger, Pedro Díaz, Stefani Matsuo and Demarre McGill
Naomi Lewin, David Bilger, Pedro Díaz, Stefani Matsuo and Demarre McGill

Landing a job in an American symphony orchestra is hard, and it’s even harder to become a principal—the section leader in an orchestra.

The next 92Y School of Music conversation with Naomi Lewin features four principal musicians from across the country: David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Pedro Díaz, English horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Stefani Matsuo, Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and Demarre McGill, Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony. They’ll talk about the audition process, performing in an orchestra, playing for guest conductors, and much more. Lewin is host of the syndicated program Classics for Kids, and former weekday afternoon host on WQXR.

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Instructor

Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the award-winning weekly program Classics for Kids, which airs on radio stations across the country. She has produced music programs and arts reports for NPR; intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts; and podcasts on subjects ranging from the Yale Glee Club, to Tippet Rise Art Center, to the bicentennial of St. George's Choral Society. Südwestrundfunk in Stuttgart recently com ...

David Bilger

Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has …

Pedro Díaz

Before being named Solo English Horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2005, Pedro Díaz performed extensively on five continents …

Stefani Matsuo

Praised by the Washington Post for her “temperament and clear musical purpose” and “great technical maturity,” Stefani Matsuo has emerged as one of today’s great talents …

Demarre McGill

Demarre McGill has gained international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician …

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