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PROFILE | A Day In The Life Of TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin

By Michela Comparey on April 5, 2016

Principal Librarian Gary Corrin takes us on behind the scenes tour of how scores get made and played at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 2)

By Michela Comparey on March 12, 2016

One of my favourite things to do is take a friend who is new to classical music to see an orchestra concert. Not only do they get to see a little bit of my world, but they also ask some great questions!
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 1)

By Michela Comparey on March 2, 2016

Orchestral concerts are a lot of fun, but for those who have never been, going to see a show can raise a lot of questions. After taking some classical music newbies to see the symphony, a few common queries emerged.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Doubling – A Useful Skill Or Another Expensive Instrument To Buy?

By Michela Comparey on February 3, 2016

Doubling on a second instrument is undoubtedly cool and can make you a more versatile player, but how useful is it really?
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Exploring The Musical Saw Scene

By Michela Comparey on November 12, 2015

Researching the music saw was like diving into a parallel universe. Not only did I discover a whole sub-culture of musical saw enthusiasts, I learned about an entirely different instrument classification system.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | What Is The Point Of Going To An Audition You Know You Won’t Win?

By Michela Comparey on October 24, 2015

The Music Audition: While it’s true that the more you take, the easier it gets, but it goes deeper than that.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | The Happy Birthday Copyright Fiasco – A Summary and Some Questions

By Michela Comparey on October 13, 2015

Should songs such as Happy Birthday, which play an important role in our cultural traditions and ceremonies, ever be subject to copyright?
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | In Defense Of Going To Concerts Alone

By Michela Comparey on October 3, 2015

No shame, much to gain. Why going to a concert solo just might be the best thing you've ever done for yourself.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Plight of the Page Turner

By Michela Comparey on September 25, 2015

The page turner’s experience is often ignored, but it is probably one of the most stressful positions to be in on stage.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Brass With Bras: Gender Stereotyping In Classical Music

By Michela Comparey on September 18, 2015

What do pants, politics, and tubas have in common? It may sound like the opening of a cheesy one-liner, but the real answer is that they were all once classified as distinctly unfeminine.
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