Once again, Karen Schnackenberg suggested that Polyphonic post the agenda from the MOLA conference, to give symphony musicians an idea of the types of issues our librarians are dealing with. The National Symphony Orchestra hosted the conference and their head librarian, Marcia Farabee, introduces us to the activities presented at the conference. Once again, it’s humbling for this orchestra musician to realize how much I don’t know about what it takes to get the music on my stand.Read More
“One of the founding goals of Polyphonic is to explore how orchestras can adapt to a changing arts climate. One of the challenges of adapting concerts to new formats is how to do so without violating current copyright provisions.
Recently I spoke with Marcia Farabee, head librarian for the National Symphony Orchestra, a position that has given her valuable on-the-job-training about the practical side of copyright law. She also serves as president of MOLA, the Major Orchestra Librarians Association.
In September, Polyphonic will host a virtual discussion panel (VDP) with Marcia and other orchestra librarians; one of the subjects we\’ll discuss is how copyrights affect orchestras’ planning and programming.”Read More
When you walk in to a symphony rehearsal, there’s your music – waiting for you on your stand (assuming you didn’t pick it up beforehand). It never occurs to many of us to even think about it – the music is always where it belongs. But how does it get there?
Marcia Farabee, long-time librarian with the National Symphony, answers this question by explaining the four major roles of the orchestra’s music librarian: musician, informational hub, music preparer and, of course, professional librarian. You might not ever think of your music librarian the same way after reading Marcia’s column.Read More