ESO Offstage podcast

 


Welcome to ESO Offstage – a new podcast that gives you an insider's look into the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and its community. Join ESO double bassist Max Cardilli as he covers the rapidly evolving world of the orchestra by speaking with people from all walks of life. ESO, like you've never heard it before.


Behind The Screen series

Episode One: Auditions 101

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Musicians in the orchestra come from all walks of life, but there is one thing that we all have in common – auditions. This episode, we look at what a musician must go through in order to win a seat in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
This is Part One of our "Behind the Screen" series that takes a deep dive into the past, present and future of orchestral auditions.

Featuring the voices of ESO Concertmaster Robert Uchida, Principal Cello Rafael Hoekman, and Assistant Principal Trombone Kathy Macintosh.


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Episode Two: The Brass Ceiling

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Orchestras everywhere were once “Boys Only Clubs.” This episode we look into the gender bias and the history of women in Canadian orchestras.
Join us for Part Two of our “Behind the Screen” series that takes a deep dive into the past, present and future of orchestral auditions.

Featuring the voices of Musicologist and author of the book From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra Maria Rachwal, ESO Assistant Principal Trombone Kathryn Macintosh, and ESO Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador Cosette Justo Valdés.


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Episode Three: To Screen or not to Screen?

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The screened audition process was adopted by orchestras in the 70’s and 80’s to try to reduce bias in the hiring process – but is it still working? This episode we look at the role of an orchestral musician in the 21st century and discusses how to change the paradigm to achieve diversity and inclusion through music.
This is Part Three of our “Behind the Screen” series that takes a deep dive into the past, present and future of orchestral auditions.

Featuring the voices of ESO Music Director Emeritus Bill Eddins and Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization.


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Episode Four: Practice Makes Perfect?

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We’ve all heard that expression “Practice Makes Perfect”, but what does this really mean? This episode we take a closer look at practicing and performance psychology – examining what goes through the mind of a performer when it’s time to walk on stage.
This is Part Four of our “Behind the Screen” series that takes a deep dive intothe past, present and future of orchestral auditions.


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