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Carnegie Hill Orchestra and Concert Orchestra are full for 2019-20.  There are currently waiting lists for those orchestras.

ISO Symphony: we are still accepting applications for viola, cello, and bass.

Morningside Orchestra: we are still accepting applications for bass.

For all ensembles: there is a waiting list for flutes and clarinets.

InterSchool Orchestras of New York Announces 2019-2020 Season in New York City

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO), a nonprofit organization, has announced its 2019-2020 Season in New York City with a stellar line up of conductors. ISO serves more than 250 school-aged children and provides a nurturing environment where all children can realize their personal best, achieve high artistic standards, and share music with the community. Generous financial aid and scholarships ensure that every child can participate.

“We look forward to an extraordinary new season of music thanks to our multi-talented conductors and staff. We are starting the year with a Tribute to Howard Johnson and Gravity at Merkin Hall and have new commissions by Daniel Felsenfeld, Huang Ruo, and Arturo O’Farrill for youth orchestra. We will be doing exciting partnerships with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, Mingus and Ballet Hispanico as well as community concerts at Kumble Theater at LIU and a PhilarMonster in Brooklyn Heights and a 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebration with the Trinity Church Youth Chorus. We are so excited to be leading the field in cross-cultural, multi-dimension genre works for youth orchestra. The students will remember these performances for their entire lives,” said Karen Geer, ISO Executive Director.

Read the full press release

Morningside Orchestra Bowling Party

Important Information: Tuesday May 21st, 2019 4:00pm – 6:00pm Frames Bowling Lounge 550 9th Ave New York, NY   There will be a check in table when you arrive. Food will be served by the venue during our time (approx. 20 minutes into the party). Please remember to bring socks as you do not want to be wearing bowling shoes without socks! Please note the venue dress code: “We ask that all guests refrain from wearing tank tops, sweatpants, construction boots, tracksuits, or flip flops.” We look forward to a wonderful party to celebrate the end of the season and a successful Playathon!

CONCERT ORCHESTRA COMMUNITY CONCERT

The Concert Orchestra Community Concert is on May 2nd. This concert is at the same time as our regularly scheduled rehearsal. Please note the information below: May 2nd, 2019 4:30pm – 5:30pm Sirovich Center for Balanced Living 331 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 4:45pm – 5:00pm – Students arrive 5:15pm – 6:00pm – Dress Rehearsal 6:00pm – 6:45pm – Performance

MORNINGSIDE ORCHESTRA COMMUNITY CONCERT

The Morningside Orchestra Community Concert is on April 30th, 2019 This concert is at the same time as our regularly scheduled rehearsal.  Please note the information below: April 30th, 2019 4:30pm – 5:30pm Terence Cardinal Cooke Harlem Nursing Home 1249 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 4:30pm – 4:45pm              Students Arrive to Venue 5:00pm – 5:30pm              Performance DRESS CODE: Black & White – Same as Symphony Space Performance

CARNEGIE HILL COMMUNITY CONCERT

The Carnegie Hill Community Concert is this Wednesday. This concert is at the same time as our regularly scheduled rehearsal.  Please note the information below: April 17th, 2019 4:30pm – 5:30pm Terence Cardinal Cooke Harlem Nursing Home 1249 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 4:30pm – 4:45pm              Students Arrive to Venue 5:00pm – 5:30pm              Performance DRESS CODE: Black & White – Same as Symphony Space Performance

ISO Women’s Composers Concert

InterSchool Orchestras(ISO) Women Composers Concert at Hewitt Theater St. Jean, 150 East 76thStreet, New York, NY 10021 will be on Wednesday February 13that 6:30 PM. The ISO Symphony Orchestra will present a concert dedicated to three outstanding women composers. The program includes Michi for Solo Marimba by world renowned Japanese composer and percussionist Keiko Abe; Flute Concertino, Op. 107, by French romanticist Cecile Chaminade; and first movement of the grand Piano Concerto, Op. 45, by one of the most brilliant American composers and pianists, Amy Beach. ISO musician Isabel Guerrero will solo in the Abe. Soloist Mika Sasaki will also join the ISO Symphony Orchestra and perform in the Beach Piano Concerto. Composer Keiko Abe Born in 1937 in Tokyo, Keiko Abe is the author of more than 70 compositions for percussion, and her contribution to developing the marimba as a solo instrument is unmatched. Abe’s collaboration with the Yamaha Corporation in the 1960s resulted in expanding the marimba range to five octaves, as well as improving the design and sound quality of this instrument. Composer Cecile Chaminade  (1857 – 1944) Chaminade is the author of more than 400 works. Her musical talent was recognized by George Bizet at the age of 8.   After her Carnegie Hall recital in 1908, the New York Evening Postran a piece stating: “Chaminade’s concert confirmed the conviction held by many that while women may someday vote, they will never learn to compose anything worthwhile.All of them seem superficial when they write music.” This is an example of the unjust and discriminatory fate of female artists in a male-dominated world. Composer Amy Beach (1867 – 1944) Beach completed her first compositions at the age of four and in her teens was already an established concert pianist and made her debut with the Boston Symphony. This bright career was delayed for decades by one condition in Beach’s marriage agreement: she was not allowed to play more than two concerts a year and was forced to give up teaching. As a result, Beach focused all her efforts on composing, and this gave birth to one of the most colorful and masterful pieces of American romantic music such as Mass in E flat Major, Gaelic Symphony, Piano Quintet, and Piano Concerto.